Joss Whedon keen to leave the Avengers movies: “I couldn’t imagine doing this again”

The writer/director says he would prefer to focus on his own projects instead of another entry in the superhero franchise

The next film in the Avengers series isn’t out until April, but it looks like writer/director Joss Whedon is already looking for an exit strategy from any further superhero sequels. Cue fan anguish…


“I couldn’t imagine doing this again,” said the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator.

“It’s enormously hard, and it [would] be, by [the time I made ‘Avengers 3 & 4’], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own,” he told Empire. “So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life.”

Marvel recently announced a raft of future film releases, including a Black Panther movie as well as the two Avengers movies, with their plans extending until 2019 and including Benedict Cumberbatch’s debut as superhero sorcerer Doctor Strange.

Whedon added: “I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.”

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson and many more, Avengers: Age of Ultron follows the superhero team as they take on villainous robot Ultron (James Spader), with new addition to the cast Paul Bettany recently telling that the upcoming film was the “biggest thing Marvel have ever done.”

You can watch the trailer below.


Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in UK cinemas from 24th April