Joss Whedon on Avengers: Age of Ultron – ‘I felt like a miserable failure’

The picture that broke the man behind Buffy

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron was an immense film but, when the smoke cleared, the heroes all went on with their franchises. Not so with director and writer Joss Whedon, who seemed visibly defeated by the end of the marathon press tour.

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Now he has opened up about bringing it to the screen.

“I was so beaten down by the process,” Whedon told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable. A lot of it was about my own work, and I was also exhausted.”

Nevertheless, he believes his biggest mistake was not in the film itself, but in downplaying it to the world before its release.

“I think that did a disservice to the movie and the studio and to myself,” Whedon said. “It was not the right way to be, because I am very proud of it.”

“The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, and I had probably more of those than I had on the other movies I made,” he allowed, “but I also got to make, for the second time, an absurdly personal movie that talked about how I felt about humanity, and what it means, in very esoteric and bizarre ways, for hundreds of billions of dollars.”

“The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity is so bonkers, and so beautiful, and the fact that I come off of it feeling like a miserable failure, is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.”

Now that Whedon has been given time to heal, is there any chance of him returning to Marvel? Not according to Mark ‘The Hulk’ Ruffalo.

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“I’ve been begging him, and he said ‘I’ll never do it again’.”