When Joss Whedon signed on to write and direct "The Avengers," he knew he had a tall order to fill.The movie, distributed by Walt Disney Studios, has already made more than $300 million overseas. It opened in the United States at midnight on Friday, May 4, raking in at least an additional $18 million.
Whedon is perhaps best known for creating the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the short lived but beloved series "Firefly." Whedon also created "Dollhouse" and "Angel." He also co-wrote and directed the popular online musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" in 2008.
"I'm not leveraging this into some other gig. This was the dream gig, I got to do it and I'm really proud of the work we did," Whedon told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio at the film's premiere in Los Angeles. "The fact that there are a lot of people who would come to this who would never watch anything else I did, that's great that's exciting for me and the fact that my fans would be in the mix is also exciting."
He added: "I write for everybody. When I write a scene it's ... for two people - me and the entire world. "
"The Avengers" features characters from the "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Captain America" together.
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from "Iron Man 2" while Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury. The film also stars Colbie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" as Maria Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Nick Fury.
Fury calls on the heroes to assemble as The Avengers to fight Tom Hiddleston's character Loki, a villain from "Thor" who wants to rule over the human race.
"It's been fun and the fact that Marvel trusted me with what is not a small endeavor - that never went away, that trust," Whedon said. "From the moment I walked in they said, 'This is your movie' and they let me make it and they worked with me. They're an extraordinary studio and the cast ... well, some of them are pretty good at acting," he joked. "I'm not going to say which ones."
Check out a trailer for "The Avengers" below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).