"Shoot me in the face!" Many fanboys and gals might think directing Avengers 2 is any comic book nut’s dream come true, but when you’ve been at this as long as Joss Whedon has, this seems like the only appropriate response. The man behind one of the year’s most eagerly awaited blockbuster sequels recently spoke with SFX magazine about what it’s like tackling such a film, and, basically, the man’s exhausted.
As quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon calls the experience "a nightmare" and "the hardest juggling act I’ve ever, ever had to pull off." If you were in his shoes, you might feel the same way. He said,
It’s a pretty legit dilemma. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is coming off of witnessing the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. and searching for The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has relinquished his Asgardian throne and has been living on Earth, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is tired of playing savior to the world. In addition to all these standalone stories that we saw play out, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) are grappling with their own demons. Add in all the new characters — Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff, Ultron (James Spader) and The Vision (Paul Bettany) — and you have one of the best reasons to become a little unhinged.
Plus, Whedon has not only directed both Avengers films, but he’s also had a hand in all the other films in between. He came in as a consultant to help director Alan Taylor on making sure Thor: The Dark World was cohesive with all the over-arching Marvel cinematic universe. He gave James Gunn notes on his take for Guardians of the Galaxy. And he directed the post-credits scene of Captain America 2 that featured Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. No wonder Whedon is feeling the burn.
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We shouldn’t expect Joss Whedone to return to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. If Age of Ultron is making Whedon wish for his days directing Serenity, then the ultimate clash of the superhero titans is most likely not in the cards. Rumor has it that Captain America: Civil War co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo are taking that particular gig, anyway, but Whedon recently spoke out on the matter. As he said, it would be "enormously hard" and he wants to make something all his own before then, as opposed to another superhero adaptation.
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