Joss Whedon’s acclaim in the superhero community might have fallen somewhat of late, due to his less than successful stint with DC, but let’s not forget that he was the writer/director behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s original team-up movie in 2012’s The Avengers. Along with 2015’s Age of Ultron, Whedon was a leading architect of the MCU in those days but has left the franchise behind in recent years. Even so, he’s still a bit jealous of the filmmakers that got to helm Avengers: Infinity War.
While on the red carpet for the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles earlier this week, Whedon revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he wishes he got the opportunity to play with all of the characters that are present in Infinity War. When asked how being at the premiere of this one compared to that of The Avengers, he said:
“I’m less tired and excited ‘cos I don’t know what happens and you know, a little jealous…Well you know, you got the Guardians in there, they got just you know, every living human being who wasn’t in a Harry Potter movie is in this film and so that’s, I don’t envy them. There’s a reason why I said ‘two and out,’ but I wish I got to play with all those characters a little bit.”
Since Whedon bowed out of the MCU, Joe and Anthony Russo have taken over as Marvel Studios’ chief directors. Having found success with Captain America sequels The Winter Soldier and Civil War, they were entrusted with helming Infinity War and next year’s Avengers 4. As such, the Russos have got to grips with pretty much every avenue of the franchise. Though Whedon shouldn’t be too put out, as he still got to shepherd the founding six members of the team together for the first time.
The director went on to reveal that he’s currently working on something original, and will be taking a break from the Marvel and DC universes for a while. He did tease, however, that his new project would likely be related to the superhero genre to some degree.
“I’m thinking of something of my own right now which is fun, but every thing I do has an element of the superhero in it, there’s a reason why we keep telling these stories and right now the world really needs to believe that people with power can be decent for some reason.”
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