Joss Whedon confirms he’s done with Marvel Cinematic Universe

There’s no denying Joss Whedon’s influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only did he direct the two Avengers films, but he also helped create Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and acted as a consultant for several of the recent MCU movies. However, it looks like his involvement with the films is coming to an end. There were already reports of struggles on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now the director has officially left Marvel Studios for good in what he calls a ‘completely clean break.’

Recently, Whedon participated in a Q&A at Oxford Union where he discussed the matter further. Here’s how he responded when asked if he would have any involvement in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe:

“No. You know, I was their sort of consigliere for a while. … 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 that 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. ‘Cause there’s a lot of films, and it’s 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. You know, I was a script doctor for a long time, and the part where they listen to you is very rare. So it was important for me to, for my own self, to just go, ‘No. We can still be friends, but…’”

He also explained why it was important for him to move on and gave an indication of what he’d like to do in the future:

“I’ve gone off the reservation for a while. It was five years that I was working on either an Avenger or S.H.I.E.L.D., with just a little, a smattering of Ado in the middle. Not much Ado. A little. And that was an enormous gift they gave me. They handed me several hundreds of millions of dollars and said, ‘Do what you do.’ Which is very rare, and I was very lucky. But at the same time, it’s important for me not just to have my own thing and do something smaller, but also to create a new challenge for myself because I will start to repeat myself…I’ve been working on some little personal projects that I cannot describe, but I can tell you that they’re really hard, and I’m totally failing. It feels great.”

Although Whedon is gone, Marvel Studios isn’t necessarily struggling to find capable directors. Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo produced a solid film with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They’re directing the sequel, Captain America: Civil War, which will premier on May 6, 2016 as well as the two-part Avenger: Infinity War which will be released in 2018 and 2020.

Via: Slash Film

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.