Last year we reunited with our main superhero team, the Avengers, in their second movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers: Age of Ultron. The anticipation was high and the movie was received with mixed reactions: a part of the fandom was happy with it, the other felt it fell short. What no one can deny is that Joss Whedon and the whole cast and crew worked really hard on it. All their effort and passion must not be ignored.
As all of you probably remember quite well, the promo tour for Age of Ultron was intense and didn’t go as well as with other movies. All the hard work and the intensity of a production of this magnitude was evident in the director and the cast.
Once the movie came out, many people decided it was a good idea to incessantly tweet their discontent to Joss Whedon, to a point where it became a personal matter (not cool. Never cool. I hope it won’t happen again with any Marvel director). And so Whedon left Twitter.
Before Age of Ultron and everything that came with it happened, Whedon served as creative consultant to all the movies from Phase Two – Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.
When he decided to take a very well deserved break after the second Avengers movie, we were left wondering: would he still be a consultant for Phase 3?
In an interview with Oxford Union, Joss Whedon confirmed he is no longer involved with Marvel and the reasons behind this decision.
“You know 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. 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 slightly, 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…”, Whedon shared.
Sounds fair. Whedon’s creative genius goes beyond superhero movies. After years of being involved with Marvel, it’s a good thing that he separates himself from this environment and focus on other types of films – and personal projects, too.
We will miss his touch of magic in the MCU, but we will be happy to see him in other projects as well. After all, it’s Joss Whedon, Geek Lord and King of Awesome.
As for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will continue its expansion with Phase Three, starting in May with Captain America: Civil War, followed by Doctor Strange in November.
You can watch Whedon’s entire interview here:
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