10 things we learned from Joss Whedon's Avengers live-tweet event

Mere hours ago, writer-director Joss Whedon joined his Avengers cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg to field some questions from the Twitterverse. And what could've been a stale marketing initiative turned into something both newsworthy and hilarious.

Newsworthy in that Whedon cleared up the rumor floating around that a certain webslinger might appear in The Avengers. And hilarious ... well, see for yourself.

Q: Is the movie's plot going to reference any classic Avengers stories or be a more "ulitmate-ized" story?

JW: "It's a combo platter: classic, Ultimate, plus a little "Richie Rich" & "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

Q: Was there an Avenger you wanted to put in the movie but couldn't make it work for whatever reason be it budget or time?

JW: "I'm a fan of the Wasp. She's goofy and sting-y."

Q: What about the Spider-Man cameo?

JW: "There is no Spider-Man cameo. But the Avengers do turn off the dark."

Q: Has the ante been upped on Easter Eggs? And if so, how attentive will movie goers have to be to stop them?

JW: "There will be actual dyed eggs. Try to find them all!"

Q: Everyone always asks what the hardest part of directing the movie was. What was the easiest?

JW: "Controlling the meat puppets. ... I mean, actors."

Q: Will the female characters, esp. Black Widow, remind the boys how strong they are, and how?

JW: "The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math." #sarcasm

Q: What was your first reaction to getting the chance to direct The Avengers?

JW: "What moron would take a job that hard? Show me this moron, so that I may mock him."

Q: Can you enjoy Avengers without seeing all the other films?

JW: "You don't need to see any @Marvel movies to enjoy #Avengers! But you need to see Steel Magnolias, like, six times."

Q: How long did it take to shoot the movie?

JW: "I started when I was 12 and should be done by May 3rd at 11:59 pm."

Q: Who was the jokester on the set?

JW: "I had the jokester put down on day 3."

Yes, there were questions to and answers from the cast members, but there weren't nearly as "special" as Whedon's. And to top it all off, we got a teaser for the Avengers' Super Bowl commercial:

Not a bad 30 minutes spent on the interwebs.

(via Twitter)