Howdy ladies and gents, time for some comic book film news and this latest post focuses on the future of the Avengers Part 3 with Joss Whedon's involvement. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:
There's been a lot of talk about who will helm Avengers: Infinity War, with various outlets reporting that Joss Whedon wouldn't be returning for the two-part movie. Since then, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was mentioned as being a possible candidate, though it's Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) who have since emerged as the favourites.
What does Whedon make of all this? Talking in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, it appears as if he definitely won't be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a little while following Avengers: Age of Ultron. "I couldn't imagine doing this again," he reveals, referring to the time and effort which has gone into the sequel. "It's enormously hard, and it be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
Well I can't say that I didn't see this coming, however, this is sad news for comic book fans. Joss Whedon, what a guy. He has come from a successful background in television and then joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe to craft, what is now one of the best superhero films in history; The Avengers. Since around 2011 he has had a sort of supervising role overseeing the other films in the series (like how he directed the post-credits scene in Thor or how he helped James Gunn finish the writing for Guardians of the Galaxy). This man knows his stuff. And with Avengers: Age of Ultron looking super sweat, it is hard to think of anyone else taking on the directing role for the third Avengers film. Now I've come to discover in recent years two things: 1) That no single director is the number one choice to directing certain films. And 2) That some directors after 1 or 2 or 3 films need to take a break before getting worn out or losing interest.
Now Whedon has been involved with Marvel Studios for around 4 years. He's been writing, developing, directing, filming and crafting these wonderful Marvel adventures trying to make them work within the context of the comics, but also inserting his natural charm, humour and character moments into the film. It is a hectic workload and I don't that it is has allowed him much time to chill out and breathe. So if the man wants out, I will not blame or condemn him for that decision. The man has done good buy us fans and Marvel...
HOWEVER! Like the article says, there was a point when Whedon wasn't going to direct Age of Ultron, but he still came back to the MCU, so maybe it is a case of having the right story or having the right amount of money being paid into his account. Whatever the case is, I'll be good with whatever choice comes out of the future because I am a realist.
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