Joss Whedon Says He Was “Beaten Down” by ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, Teases His New Project

By April 19, 2016
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Ever since the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year, and then him taking down his Twitter, Joss Whedon has been fairly quiet over the past few months since we last heard from him, clearly disheartened by the mixed reactions to the highly-anticipated sequel, and the palpable hate he received online because of some of the film’s controversial moments.

The beloved writer and director participated in a panel last night at the Tribeca Film Festival however, alongside the Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, and spoke briefly on his overall thoughts on Age of Ultron looking back now, including the highly-publicized disagreements between himself and Marvel over the film:

“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.

He continued:

“The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, 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.”

It’s not all doom and gloom and melancholy thoughts though, as the esteemed filmmaker also revealed that yes, he is working on a new project at the moment, and prepare yourselves because writing it apparently made him cry in public, calling the new project “super good” and a “definite departure” from the Marvel films he’s most recently worked on:

“I wrote all the way through the end of the movie and was crying so hard in public that the restaurant closed. The valet guy came to me and then just turned around and went away without even talking to me … I’m a shy sort of fellow, I don’t like to make a spectacle of myself, [but] I had to take off my shirt and blow my nose because they had taken away all the napkins. I couldn’t stand up, I couldn’t stop writing. I got a car, luckily somebody else was driving, and kept crying for about 20 more minutes.”

Looks like long-time fans of the filmmaker can finally star get excited again.

In all fairness, I still think that as a whole, Age of Ultron is a better and more cohesive movie than the 2012 Avengers, which I’m aware is a polarizing opinion. At the same time, it also clearly had claw marks over some of the sequences and the struggle between Marvel’s vision of the film, and Whedon’s was evident before the filmmaker even started talking about it. The problem with Ultron though, was that it was also incredibly flawed, and lacked any of the big, memorable moments of its predecessor.

So no, I don’t think it’s any secret that Age of Ultron is a very troubled movie, with some disappointing results. But at the same time, it also gave us this scene, which by my money, is one of the MCU’s best moments onscreen:

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable