How Avengers: Age of Ultron broke director Joss Whedon

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is a big superhero blockbuster movie that featured many heroes and a robot with its drone army. For director Joss Whedon, the film was harder than he imagined, and it broke him a little bit. He revealed to Hero Complex on how complex the film as a project.

“The weight of the thing. The weight of the last thing, of this not just being the next thing that happens — I wanted this film to be its own movie. I wanted it to be better, if possible, than the first one. Not that the first one was the best movie ever made, but I wanted to do better, just be better at shooting. I wanted to work harder on the script. I wanted to spend more time just really working every aspect of it, because why go again if you’re not doing something new?”

For me, I enjoyed the first Avengers film more, since the second one felt too cram-packed with characters and subplots; for example the quick introductions of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision.

Whedon started to doubt himself during the production of the movie:

“I heard that voice in my head every time, ‘But is this a great idea?’ And suddenly I had doubt that I don’t usually suffer from. And meanwhile, the studio’s gonna have some too, because everything’s riding on this all of a sudden. And it became a problem in a way that nothing else has. And it was a hard movie to make on top of that. So being paralyzed by either indecision or the weight of responsibility? Not useful, don’t have time for your paralysis, son, snap out of it. This was the hardest work I’ve ever done… it a little bit broke me.”

This makes sense on why Whedon didn’t want to direct Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo brothers are now attached to direct that film, and I’m okay with that, since the Russo brothers so far have proven themselves with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

What’s next after Whedon? Probably something smaller. He did mention before that he wanted to start working on his own created projects again.

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