Actors cannot be certain during filming whether the movie he's a part of will be a success. Some actors find themselves pouring heart and soul into a role only to find the film flop at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson, who is easily one of the most beloved actors in pop culture, had no idea what Joss Whedon was up to while filming Marvel's The Avengers.
Whedon, known for his antics while directing through Jackson for a major loop. Jackson explained: "...there were times we were doing things, I had no idea why he wanted them so specifically that way, because he was very specific about 'No, don't do anything else, just do this!' and I was like, 'Really?'"
But when the film releases Jackson was exalted by the finished product. He described what Joss was doing as "actually making a visual comic book. Which is something nobody has ever done."
We're going to go right past the part where comic books are, in fact, a visual medium, and choose to understand the spirit of the term. Jackson did clarify a bit, saying, "I think the most amazing thing that he did, was get the comic part of comic book right. And I think Joss made that very clear that we were doing something that's not only exciting but fun, and it should be funny."
Certainly there's no denying that Whedon took the essential elements of an Avengers comic and transitioned it beautifully to the big screen. So epic fail or epic film? You decide, or should Joss have stuck to the Whedonverse?