Proving that he is nothing if not a hubristic shell of a man, Joss Whedon (director of The Avengers, third highest-grossing film of all time) has taken to his blog to respond to embarrassing rumours that he is due to receive a cool $100 million for The Avengers 2, the original of which made $1.5 billion worldwide.
In a comment on a blog post for international Joss Whedon portal Whedonesque, dedicated to all things weird and Whedonful, the writer/director opined in a board comment:
Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts.
Nowhere in his post does he mention receiving less than $100 million, just that he isn’t making “Downey money.” Indeed, “Downey money” (a rumoured $50 million in layman’s terms) would be an insult to the famously power-crazed creator of international sci-fi smash hit Firefly, its follow-up movie Serenity, and cult TV mainstay Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon couldn’t even get out of bed for “Downey money.”
The $750 million grossed by Iron Man 3 (which opened only weeks ago) has proven that the public has yet to tire of this Marvel universe, as it continues unfolding before us like a giant flag made of dollar bills. Joss Whedon also has the typist’s enemy S.H.I.E.L.D TV show coming up, along with consultation work for other Marvel films in the pipeline, as well as more personal projects.
The question is, can Joss Whedon continue his grandiose megalomania in this vein forever? If Marvel are willing to replace Robert Downey Jr., surely they can replace Joss Whedon. Jon Favreau’s not doing much nowadays, maybe he could step in if the Whedonator gets too big for his boots. Frankly, The Avengers 2 can’t come fast enough.
Source: Screen Rant