Marvel made a shrewd choice when they hired geek king Joss Whedon to direct the first two Avengers films. While Whedon confirmed last year that Avengers: Age of Ultron would be the last film he would direct in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he hadn’t ruled out being involved in some sort of advisory role going forward. However, it now looks like Whedon’s time making movies with Marvel is at at total end.
Recently, the Oxford Union (via Cosmic Book News) sat down with Whedon and asked him whether or not he had any role with the MCU going forward. Here’s what he had to say:
“No. 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 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…”
Given that Whedon is a huge fan of Marvel and comic books in general, this couldn’t have been an easy decision for him, but as he himself notes, even working with Marvel in an advisory capacity would be a full time gig. As unfortunate as it is to see the talented filmmaker leave the Marvel fold for good, the brand is still in capable hands, especially when it comes to the Avengers series. Joe and Anthony Russo, the directing duo who made the superb Captain America: The Winter Solider, are not only taking the lead on this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, but will also be handling directing duties on the two part Avengers: Infinity War.
Now that Whedon is free from his obligations with Marvel, hopefully he can get back to doing what he does best: making awesome original stories. He’s talked in the past about wanting to create his own universe and with his successful Avengers run under his belt, hopefully there are some studios out there who will want to help him realize that dream.