In terms of fulfillment, I’m a fan-boy. I want to see these guys do everything they can do, both physically and emotionally. I want to see what’s up with Thor, and Captain America, what he can do with that shield… all of those things have been in my DNA since I was a tiny child. I love all that. In terms of how I make it mine, obviously I look at the Avengers and go, this team doesn’t make sense at all. But I can work with that, because it doesn’t make sense to them either. They’re extraordinarily dysfunctional people, and in their own ways, very isolated. And just being able to tell that very specific story—isolated people who come together and become more than the sum of their parts—is a meaningful story to me. And I also feel, I just wanted to make a straight-up superhero movie, in the sense of I’d see a lot of them, like Watchmen or The Dark Knight, that say, ‘we’re past the idea of superheroes, we’re gonna go past that.’ I’m not past it! I’m not ready to be post-modern about superheroes yet.
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