Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron might have impressed the audience, but it wrecked the hell out of him.
During the Tribeca Film Festival, the 51-year-old director said that there were things that did not meet his expectations of himself, adding that he was also very exhausted, but went on for promoting the film, reports News.com.au.
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Whedon added that she was so beaten down by the process that he came off of it feeling like a miserable failure.
“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.”
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“The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously,” continued Whedon, “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.”
In 2015 when the movie was released, Whedon said in an interview that things got really unpleasant between him and Marvel behind the scenes. He fought with them over cutting various scenes he had hoped to keep. It ended with him infamously stepping aside from all future Marvel movies.
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