2010 Comic-Con Report: Visionaries Panel with Abrams and Whedon

Bryce Casselman made the trek from Hyrum, Utah to San Diego California this past week for the 2010 Comic-Con. AATM appreciates him corresponding and sending news and impressions from the comic book festival.

By BRYCE CASSELMAN

At the 2010 Comic-Con Visionary Panel, entertainment juggernauts Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams sat down to talk about life, comic books and their upcoming films.

Although Abrams was extremely tight-lipped about the upcoming film Super 8, he did say he was working with Steven Spielberg on the project. He also reminisced about when he was in college and was paid $300 to repair some of Spielberg’s first films.

Whedon, talked about the upcoming Avengers movie, officially confirming that he was indeed directing the film. When asked about the film, Whedon said that what he loved about it was how “it is really counter-intuitive, that these people should not be in the same room, let alone on the same team…and that is the very definition of family.”

Whedon also talked about his film Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Drew Goddard. He said that the movie is currently in flux, depending on the fate of MGM.

When asked about how they got into comic books, Abrams  talked about getting a job at age 14 in a comic book store and, as a writer for The Electric Company, one day, Whedon’s father brought home a box of Spider-Man comic books. Whedon jokingly stated that his father might as well have introduced him to Meth.

Also talking about his father, Abrams told about when he was leaving for college, his father’s advice to him was to “go learn what to make movies about, not how to make movies.”

Other projects mentioned by Whedon were a web series he wrote with Warren Ellis, an acclaimed comic book writer, and a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Bloghowever no definite plans have been made.

Abrams spoke briefly about his new television series, being produced for NBC, that centers around a husband and wife spy team.

You can watch the Visionaries Panel online by following this link.

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