The last five years of Joss Whedon’s career have virtually been non-stop Marvel-ous. With his coming aboard The Avengers back in 2010, he was as involved as you can be with a film, rewriting the screenplay and then directing it. With the film’s release in 2012, there were press tours and other promotional commitments (San Diego Comic-Con, anyone?). Due to the immense success of The Avengers, within 3 months of that blockbuster’s success, Whedon was contracted to write and direct the sequel, the now hotly anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As much as I adore The Avengers, and the vast majority of Whedon’s works, after living and breathing The Avengers and Marvel for the better part of five years, I can imagine the 50-year-old husband and father of two might need to take a bit of a break. For the sake of his sanity (and trust in future awesomeness from his brainy-brain), he’s likely doing the right thing.
Comicbook.com reports that in an interview Whedon gave Collider at a recent press event, he says, “Well I’m definitely going to take a real break for a couple months because my brain is no longer”; fair point. When asked about the ‘will he stay or will he go’ conundrum, in the same interview he said; “I’ve looked at both options. I love these guys. I love these movies; they’re exciting.” In the clip he also says “I have literally no idea what I’m going to do next”. I wonder if that no idea is equal parts liberating, exciting, and terrifying.Upon perusal of Den of Geek‘s most recent and lovely release calendar of the upcoming pieces on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s chessboard of box office domination, IF Whedon were to be enticed back into the Marvel fold, it looks like the first available Marvel film that is currently sans régisseur (‘without director’ in French) would be Thor: Ragnarok (with a scheduled release date of November 3, 2017, but that one already has writers attached, a director needs to be found post-haste so they could in theory start filming pretty darn soon after the mighty Thor, Chris Hemsworth, is done Avenger-ing to make that deadline). If Ragnarok doesn’t entice him back, how about Captain Marvel (November 2018) – do you remember Whedon’s equality speech from 2006? If any XY-chromosomed human can be expecting good thingsin regards to bringing Carol Danvers to the screen, I think Whedon ought to at least be in the running, if he wants to be.
For now, until the last of the press and promotional madness for Avengers: Age of Ultron is done and Whedon’s current contract ends, let’s wish the man some well deserved rest and relaxation for body and mind. In the meantime, there’s the May 1 release date to look forward to.
Before we forget:
- BBC America’s Dirk Gently Series Finds Its Dirk Gently - April 1, 2016
- Batman v Superman’s Henry Cavill Takes On “The Glasses Conundrum” Without Success - March 19, 2016
- Galavant’s Timothy Omundson Talks King Richard, Lassie, And Song - January 30, 2016