Joss Whedon Kicks Off ‘The Avengers’ Shooting with a Funny Letter to Fans

Today’s the first day of shooting The Avengers, Joss Whedon‘s superhero ensemble film that Iron Man and other Marvel movies of the past few years have been hinting at. It’s got an excellent cast, many reprising previous roles: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson. In honor of the mammoth project officially getting off the ground, Whedon posted a tongue-in-cheek letter to fansite Whedonesque:

Hi Pumpkins, joss here.

Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that). Day one. That’s right. We’ll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:

[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]

Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I’ll be checking in from time to time, if there’s news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news — I have some very denty pillows to remind of that — but I may have tidbits. (They’re not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)

Some of you may be saying, Joss! Why this link, here, now, why, huh, howcum? My friend Allyx turned me on to these guys, and I’ll tell you, they’ve gotten me through this intensely pressurized, preply time. I strongly recommend checking out their other vids — I’ve watched them many many times, and I have a very special place for “Teamwork” in my heart. These guys are the guys. And IS there a better movie title than “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses”? I thought not.

So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I’m off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I’m pretty sure it’s about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I’ll get it. I’ve been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.

Catchphrase!

-j.

Other cast members whose characters haven’t been seen before include How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders and Jeremy Renner. Right now The Avengers has a release date set for May 4, 2012.

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