(Lord) Joss Whedon, creator of epic franchises and slayer of box-office records is a talented and very hard working man. He's spent what must feel like forever, toiling away at the MCU, helping super-producer Kevin Feige fine tune the mechanics of his creation.
And now he's out. Free to wander whichever road he decides to head down. More than likely whichever road leads him to a quiet room and a comfortable bed. Free from the strings of Ultron, forever more... or until he feels ready to head back into comic-book cinematic universes.
But did you know Whedon was almost corralled back into heading down the rabbit hole and into Avengers HQ for one last hurrah? Before Marvel hired the brothers Russo to helm Infinity War? He cleared this heartbreaking fact up in an interview with Rolling Stone:
"They very sweetly asked me and I'm like, really? No. It would set me for life – and that life would be about five years long. It's only going to have more characters and be longer and be a bigger movie. That doesn't mean it can't be great; a part of me is desperate to do it. Because I still have enormous love for these characters and want to shepherd them through all other things. But the fact of the matter is, it's been over five years really since I created something. I mean, I created the S.H.I.E.L.D. show, but based on their universe, you know."
Bringing Whedon back for what could possibly be the crown jewel of the MCU would have been a resoundingly excellent coup, but in the interview, Whedon may have ever so slightly hinted at an uneasy relationship with Feige:
"That's part of Kevin's style, too – he wants to get his fingers into everything. Some directors, he makes them crazy; some directors he works fine with. Kevin's incredibly smart about rearranging things and finding not just problems but solutions, which is even better. When he and I are in pursuit of the same thing, it's great — and when we're not, it's tough. There's no way you make this movie without a certain amount of friction, and I respect the friction because I usually find that the best work comes out of that. It's like when an actor has opinions about his role, and we're like yeah, you're supposed to. So this movie was tough. Because I was fighting for some things that are a bit different and that I believe in."
So as Whedon departs DC, what's next for the living legend? A shot at another superhero franchise perhaps? In an interview with IGN, Whedon revealed how much he'd love to work with a certain Dark Knight and Wonderful Woman:
"I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC-curious. And I see myself on the spectrum in between."
But, maybe DC's adversity to comedy would have been a stumbling block, as he light-heartedly contemplated:
"I’d be like 'I have all these joke ideas.' And they’d be like 'No, we don’t do that here."
Well, at least we can be sure that what ever Whedon puts his mind to next, will be excellent. Because when has his work ever not been?
I know what I'd love to see him sink his teeth back into again...
What about you?
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(Sources: Rolling Stone, IGN)