After helming the second Avengers movie, Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon didn’t sound like a happy camper.
This time last year, the writer-director, who also led the creation of the first Avengers film, was publicly complaining about clashes with Marvel Studios over scenes he wanted to keep in the film that they weren’t too thrilled about. Marvel also wanted a certain scene in the movie that Whedon didn’t care for. Whedon described the entire process as painful and exhausting.
Now, he’s changed his tune.
Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival alongside Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner aka Hulk), Joss Whedon said, “There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work and I was also exhausted, and we right away went and did publicity.”
He added, “I created the narrative – wherein I’m not quite accomplished at – and people just ran with: ‘Well it’s OK, it could be better, but it’s not Joss’s fault.’ And I think that did a disservice to the movie, and to the studio and to myself. Ultimately, it wasn’t the right way to be because I’m very proud about it.”
After Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon took a two-week vacation, which he said he hadn’t done since writing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical.
He also said, “The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, but I got to make an absurdly personal movie about humanity and what it means in very esoteric and bizarre ways for hundreds of millions of dollars. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity twice is so bonkers and beautiful and the fact that I come off as a miserable failure is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.”
His comments were first reported by Deadline.
Mark Ruffalo said he’d “begged” Whedon to come back to Marvel. “I begged him to do Avengers 3 and 4, Hulk 3, Thor 3 and Quasimodo.” But there’s no word yet on whether Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon will team up again.SuperFable