Avengers: Age Of Ultron Could Be Joss Whedon’s Last Marvel Movie To Prevent A Burnout
When Marvel revealed its release slate for the next few years it was imposing and chaotic just to look at. Since 2008 Marvel has become perpetual motion device that would make Da Vinci proud. Now imagine being a cog in that relentless machine.
Welcome to life as Joss Whedon. Actually, not really. He still has heaps of fun doing what he does, many of us would love to do what he does and let’s not forget his many career successes. Also, he’s pretty great on Twitter.
At the end of the day he’s still human, somewhat.
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Joss Whedon kicked Marvel’s cinematic universe into high gear when he brought its individual heroes together for The Avengers, then he kept the universe moving with Agents of Shield while Marvels rolled out its next phase of films. More recently he’s been hard at work on Avengers: Age of Ultron. The trouble is that the pace at which Marvel works is exhausting to say the least.
Fresh to the Marvel madness are Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are rumoured to be up for Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts 1 & 2 after they wrap up on Captain America America: Civil War. It might be for the best before Whedon has a psychotic break from reality and stab Robert Downey Jr in the eyes after one too many snarky quips.
After the great work they did on Winter Soldier, I’m very excited to see the Russo’s tackle Civil War. Pending that we’ll see whether they’re up to the task of something far bigger like Infinity Wars.
The obvious downside is that Whedon won’t be around to helm the third and foruth Avengers films.Judging by comments Whedon made in a recent interview with Empire, the man needs a break from Marvel. At least in terms of the films.
“I couldn’t imagine doing this again. It’s enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make ‘Avengers 3 & 4’], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.”
Effectively, either Whedon gets to take time away from the Marvel cinematic universe to create something quirky and all his own (Like Cabin in the Woods) or he turns into a lesser Thanos (better known as the Mad Titan).
This is actually the first time Whedon has brought up the possibility (or lack thereof) of him taking control of future Avengers films.
More than anything, I think being confined within the parameters of the Marvel universe (as fun as that may be) can be stifling to someone like Whedon if he doesn’t get to completely cut loose.
I’d love to see Whedon do another fun genre deconstruction like Cabin in the Woods or maybe that Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog sequel that everybody, including Neil Patrick Harris, is really keen on.
Do you think Whedon needs a break or should simply work on a smaller project within the Marvel universe? Hell, perhaps he should go help Zack Snyder over at Warner Bros with the DC movies. It’s quite possible that Whedon may not be intensively involved in future Avengers films after Age of Ultron but he could still serve as a producer or get involved with the script.
In case you’ve forgotten, this is the wall of release dates we have ahead of us:
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1st, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5th, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28th, 2017, Black Panther on November 3rd, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4th, 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6th, 2018, Inhumans on November 2nd, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3rd, 2019.