The Avengers director Joss Whedon has teased fans that The Incredible Hulk dies in The Avengers but before you go too overboard about it, he was only kidding. Joss was talking about how long The Avengers movie is set to be and joked that The Hulk dies.
Whedon explained to Collider, “The Hulk dies. Oops. Oh God!” Before getting serious and discussing the running time of The Avengers. He added, “My first cut was three hours long and it’s now down to 2 hours and 15 minutes, and I’m extremely proud of that. I had always intended to go over two, under two and a half. There was no way a movie with this many great actors and this much epic scope was gonna clock in under two and not feel a little anemic, somebody wasn’t gonna get their moment if that happened.
Joss continued, “But at the same time, I get very angry that romantic comedies run over two hours long, it’s like ‘Guys, that’s not okay.’ More isn’t more. I don’t want anything in the movie that shouldn’t be. There are definitely things that it broke my heart to get rid of. There’s a lot of me that got cut out, but I think part of the process in a situation like this is you make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation.
He concluded, “At some point you stop looking beyond The Avengers movie at your own stuff, you don’t look at that horizon you look at this movie and you go, ‘You know what, The Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I’m obsessed with aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, and therefore they are baggage.’ You can do that in a TV show, you can bring your baggage and sort of lay it out because you have a season to do it, but in a movie you actually have to remove yourself from the equation a bit and when I was finally able to do that, I saw a much clearer road to how to get the best experience for the audience.”
The Avengers is released in the UK on April 26 and in the US on May 4.