Avengers: Age of Ultron released to mix reactions from many fans and critics. There were definitely problems with the film, but after the films release director Joss Whedon came out and seemed to make it very clear that it was clashes with Marvel that caused the problems in the movie. Obviously frustrated and beaten down by the lengthy process of filming, and natural creative disagreements with the studio, Whedon made comments that he has since reflected on.
A year has passed and speaking with actor Mark Ruffalo onstage at the Tribeca Film Festival Whedon still defends the film he originally envisioned, but admits that putting his feelings for Marvel out there like he did wasn’t the best course of action.
Whedon went on to explain:
“Ultron, I’m very proud of. 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. I created the narrative — wherein I’m not quite accomplished at– and people just ran with (about Ultron) ‘Well it’s OK, it could be better, but it’s not Joss’ 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.”
Hindsight is 20/20, and Whedon sounds more willing to accept the blame than he did:
“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 a 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.”
After the session with Ruffalo, Deadline caught up with Whedon to talk about his relationship with Marvel Studios. Whedon admitted that he’s not closed-minded to directing another Marvel film, and hopes the studio would be open to working with him again also. This is fantastic news for anyone who is itching for another MCU movie directed by Whedon. It means that the possibility is there, should Marvel choose to pursue it. Marvel has expressed interest in widening their array of director’s in the ever expanding MCU. However Whedon returning could be a huge marketing plus for Marvel. Bringing back the director of Marvel’s Avenger’s films wouldn’t go unnoticed.