Joss Whedon, the director of the Avengers film and a consultant for Marvel Studios, has pulled a whammy on film fans around the globe by releasing his new movie online, Beyonce-style. The wildly popular film director’s newest flick, In Your Eyes, first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Big Apple on Sunday night. Several stars from the film, including Nikki Reed and Zoe Kazan, were present at the event, but Whedon was suspiciously absent, which is strange for a director who is debuting his newest project to the film festival circuit. It appears the man who made Chris Evans a household name was busy prepping the movie for its April 21, 2014 release date.
After In Your Eyes was screened at the festival, Whedon appeared in a video to send a shout out to the audience for attending the screening. He announced the date the film would be available to the public, stating it would be available immediately on any Internet-capable device. Whedon was excited by the prospect of making the project available through the Internet. It not only enabled him and other filmmakers to explore alternative forms of distribution for their movies, but also allowed them to make a few bucks in the process.
Joss Whedon, the director who managed to take the world’s most popular superheroes and jam them successfully into one movie, The Avengers, is something of a legend amongst sci-fi and comic book fans. He has produced modern cult classics like Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and is currently working on Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is sure to guarantee his place as a pop culture icon. Whedon’s latest film, In Your Eyes, promises to deliver the same satisfying sci-fi storytelling fans have come to expect from him, but he also added some romantic elements to the film, taking things in a different direction than most movies in the genre.
Those who are long time fans of Whedon’s work will no doubt flock to the official website of the movie and plunk down their hard earned cash to view it right away. Due to the quality of the director’s work, he has gained quite a following, so the film is sure to be a success, despite not receiving a worldwide theatrical release.
Whedon is currently working hard on the Avengers sequel, and has also played a critical role in developing Marvel’s television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Whedon’s consultant role with Marvel is one in which he gets a chance to look over the scripts of each film in the studio’s Phase II plans, making sure that each film is up to par with the overall vision for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The filmmaker stated that he often gives his opinion on things and then graciously bows out of the room, allowing filmmakers and studio executives to hash out any repairs.
Joss Whedon releasing his new movie online is a great demonstration of originality and experimentation that lines up well with the creative thinking of the Avengers director. The Internet has opened up a pathway for filmmakers to produce high quality content and distribute that content to the audience without the backing of a major studio. More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their entertainment, so the sky is the limit for future directors and creators like Whedon to make great films for moviegoers to enjoy.
Opinion By Michael Cantrell