Ever since the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, not much has been heard from director Joss Whedon. The film, released last May, was mostly positively received but the majority of people would say that it isn’t anywhere as good as the first film. However, there was a huge backlash against Marvel and the director for overcrowding the film and basically making it the same “save the world” story which was in the first one. Last month, Whedon did a 1 hour talk at the Oxford Union and spoke upon a few big topics including working with Marvel.
“…I was their sort of consigliere for a while… We do not discuss our thing… [audience laughter] But, I sort of had my finger in all of the films in the second phase, but then I just had to concentrate only on ‘Ultron,’ and sort of know when it was done I was just going to stop,” he said. “So I made a completely clean break – not because we had a falling out – just because I was like, ‘I can’t…’ If I was still there going, ‘Well, here are my thoughts on this film,’ I’d be there every day. I wouldn’t do anything else because there are a lot of films, and it is a lot of fun. It’s very seductive. When you can put your little fairy dust on things and just improve them slighty, and they actually listen to you… I was a script doctor for a long time, and the part where they listen to you was very rare; so it was very important for my own self to go ‘we can still be friends,’ but…”
So it appears that Whedon didn’t just leave Marvel after the rumored struggle to cooperate with them but instead because he wanted to pursue other projects. Joss went on to explain what he was trying to do with Age of Ultron and the freedom that Marvel gave him to do so.
“When people [were asking], ‘What little art movie are you secretly holding in your heart?’ when I was making ‘Ultron,’ I’m like, ‘Trust me when I say, when you see this, you’ll see, I was trying to make a little art movie.’ Which is actually, a pretty shitty thing to do to a studio that gives you a lot of money,” Whedon said. ” ‘Ultron’ has been the most complicated response I’ve gotten, and the way I deal with it is becoming fetal for about eight months [audience laughter]. I fucking have no spine or self-identity or anything, and it’s horrifying. It sucks… But I’ll be okay… Later…”
Watch the full Q&A here: