Last year at this time, the press blitz for Avengers: Age of Ultron was in full swing and writer/director Joss Whedon said something about the film and working with Marvel that he is now taking back a little. Whedon talked with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival about his criticisms at the time and that maybe he is not completely done with Marvel if they’re not done with him.
Ruffalo started by telling Whedon:
I was getting worried about you, but you’re back.
To which Whedon decalred “Yeah, I’m back.” and spoke very little about his next project except to say that it was “super good” and “a definite departure”.
Whedon addressed his comments about the film by clarifying that he is proud of the movie they made, reminding folks that filming the two movies back to back was five years of his life.
Ultron, I’m very proud of. There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work and I was also exhausted, and we right away went and did publicity. I created the narrative — wherein I’m not quite accomplished at– and people just ran with (about Ultron) ‘Well it’s OK, it could be better, but it’s not Joss’ fault’ and I think that did a disservice to the movie, and to the studio and to myself. Ultimately, it wasn’t the right way to be because I’m very proud about it.
The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously,” continued Whedon, “but I got to make an absurdly personal movie about humanity and what it means in a very esoteric and bizarre ways for hundreds of millions of dollars. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity twice is so bonkers and beautiful and the fact that I come off as a miserable failure is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.
Whedon said that he isn’t closed to taking on other Marvel projects down the line, and he hopes they haven’t quit him either.