Joss Whedon on working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leaving it behind

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon has already announced plans to leave to franchise after Avengers: Age of Ultron and he spoke at the London press conference about what he will do next and how hard it was to write a story within the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

What’s next for you Joss? Do you see yourself returning to MCU one day?

Joss: I don’t think I’ll ever get that far away from it because I love it so much. After my long rest, I plan a longer rest and possibly an eternal rest. I have no immediate plans, which is the best thing I’ve ever said.

What the thought process in making Ultron the villain?

Joss: I said we should have Ultron on the second movie before we decided to make the first movie. He’s big, he’s powerful, he’s angry, he’s metal, he’s strong enough to take these guys on and he’s been angry for so long that he might be a little unhinged. I can write that.

How much of a constraint is being in the MCU to you as a writer and how far do you think the superhero genre still has to go?

Joss: Restrictions are sometimes frustrating, sometimes very useful because the page is not so blank… what (producer) Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel Universe is he approaches every movie as a completely new idea, as a movie of some particular genre that happens to have superheros in it. He’s not interested in creating a formula, he’s interested in creating a universe so as long as he can stay alive, which is I think probably a few months more, it has legs. As long as somebody who really cares is at the head trying to create new versions of superhero movie and not just fall into a pattern, it can sustain for quite a while.


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