That Time That AJ Tweeted with Joss Whedon

Okay, the title of this post is somewhat misleading. In actuality, I tweeted a question with the #Avengers hashtag during a live chat with Joss Whedon, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, and Clark Gregg; then someone deigned to ask Joss my question; then Joss answered; then someone transcribed his answer and tweeted it back to me. But still! It totally counts!

Please tell me it counts or I will cry.

In any case, here’s the photographic evidence:

Now I shall go die a happy death.

What about the rest of the chat, you ask? Because saying “WHO CARES, JOSS WHEDON ANSWERED MY QUESTION, LOSER!!!” right in your face would be a little mean, I’ll give you a quick rundown. The actual functionality of the chat was a little confusing. They were using a Facebook app that allowed you to tweet and view the other tweets, but being the king of nerds, I had all the relevant Twitter pages open in other tabs just in case. And that came in handy, because occasionally there would be some lag time between a question being answered and it actually popping up in the app. I think a few of Joss’ answers didn’t even show up at all.

It was a lot of fun, though. Samuel L. Jackson said that the hardest thing about playing Nick Fury was losing the weight to fit into his suit and then keeping that weight off; Tom Hiddleston gave a number of wonderful answers about portraying god of mischief Loki, including this insight into the character: “He doesn’t want revenge so much as identity. Belonging. Purpose. Self-esteem. Through delusional dreams.”; and my favorite answer Joss gave that wasn’t directed towards me was this, after someone asked if the female characters in The Avengers would be strong (a question that, given the nature of his work, Joss has had to answer many, many times over the years): “The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math.” That was hashtagged #sarcasm, just in case anyone’s not familiar with Joss’ snarky ways.

There was nothing particularly new or revelatory revealed, though after the chat a super brief teaser for the Superbowl teaser (what is this world coming to?) was unveiled. Still, it was a nice way to keep the fans in touch as Joss & Co. put the finishing touches on the movie before its May 4 release, when all good people shall assemble in movie theaters around the country.

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