STAN LEE: Praising The Avengers in CNN Interview
With the resounding global success of The Avengers (already managing to pull in just over $1 billion at the box office), CNN sat down with Stan Lee to get his feeling about the film's success and to talk to him about some of his other projects.
This is an excerpt from that interview (follow the link for the full conversation):
JD CARGILL: Even the craziest estimates didn't predict this much success for "The Avengers." What is your reaction to creating some of the most profitable characters in entertainment?
STAN LEE: Oh, I could have told everybody it was going to be this big of a hit! I don't know why they couldn't have predicted it. It couldn't miss! It's got some of the most popular characters in the world today. You put together a great script, a great director, great actors and a cameo by me -- how could it miss?
JD CARGILL: Not including your cameo of course, what's the film's ultimate moment for you?
STAN LEE: When they all come together and decide to fight as a team. I'm all heart! Years ago, I was writing these characters and I thought it would fun to put them together in a team. And I called it "The Avengers." And I thought, they have to have some sort of rallying cry. So I loved the idea of them shouting -- because I'm a very corny guy -- "Avengers assemble!"
JD CARGILL: Obviously with a project of this magnitude, compromises have to be made along the way. Tell me about one moment in the film you had to bend on.
STAN LEE: It might be hard to believe, but there really wasn't a part. Not only did they omit something I might not have wanted to be in, they included things that I never thought of and were wonderful. I thought this movie was as perfect as a movie like this can be.