This link was posted on my Facebook:
I wasn’t that interested in the kid who met Loki, aside from the fact that Loki is one of my favorite villains of all time and Tom Hiddleston seems like a very nice guy in real life. But I read the article, because I was wondering why this picture was an Internet sensation. I’ll let you read why…
…Done? Okay, so the reason I’m sharing it is to highlight this part of the story:
“Just then, a quiet-spoken gentleman walks over. “Chris, sorry, I need you for one more shot.” The gentleman looks at my son and apologizes. “Sorry, little buddy, I need Captain America for a minute.” This is the only time during the entire story that I am jealous of my son and beside myself that I wasn’t there. One of my writing idols, Joss Whedon, has just spoken to my child.
My wife apologizes for taking up their time, with Whedon and Evans smiling and assuring her that it is fine. Then she takes a picture with Chris Evans’ mom, who was instrumental in making this meeting happen.”
This kid and his mom got to meet Joss Whedon because he was carrying a Captain America shield and he was cute. He didn’t even know he was meeting a story genius. A filmmaker who successfully shattered all expectations by shaping a movie that made people laugh, cry, and get really, REALLY angry all in the space of a few minutes. A man who put out a movie that links 5 other movies and will be part of the backdrop of at least 4 more, yet still maintains itself as a stand-alone story, completely accessible to anyone off the street.
Joss Whedon. The writer/director of the best movie this year. That I saw 3 times in the theater, 1 time in 3D.
It makes me wanna hang out in New York. Or at least follow nerd websites more closely. Sigh.
No worries, even if New York and Hollywood are hundreds of miles from where I live, I can still enjoy the genius that is Whedon right here. Why? The Avengers is technically still showing in a theater 30 minutes away, fifteen or so weeks after it opened.