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'Avengers' filmmaker Joss Whedon admits anxiety

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Joss Whedon has addressed the anxiety he suffered before and during the filming of Avengers.

The writer-director said that he was made nervous by the success of Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Trilogy ahead of his own superhero debut for Marvel Studios.

'The Cabin In The Woods' writer Joss Whedon gives a keynote speech at the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

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Joss Whedon gives a keynote speech at SXSW 2012

Thor and Captain America battle in The Avengers

Thor and Captain America battle in The Avengers



"When Sam Raimi made Spider-Man, I was like - gah, I wanted to be the guy who got it right," Whedon told The Guardian.

"When I saw The Dark Knight I was like, 'Oh, now it's postmodern... They're doing the superhero Godfather! So I guess it's over and I didn't get to make one...'"

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator had previously seen his Wonder Woman film project fail in development, and had made a failed pitch for a Batman film of his own.

He admitted also struggling once The Avengers had entered filming.

Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson The Avengers group shot


"I had one bad week where some people lost confidence in me, but I told them to shut up and got on with my work," he said.

Whedon acknowledged the blocks to his wildly successful Avengers film being acknowledged at the Oscars.

"If you make a movie where you're just trying to delight people, and you want them to come out overjoyed, then… you're f**ked," he said.

Whedon is currently working on the script for 2015's Avengers 2.

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