The walk-away feeling from a movie is a very important one. Someone's initial reaction after conclusion of the movie affects how not only the viewer, but any viewer around them that overhears their opinion and hasn't made up an opinion of their own yet feels about the movie until the next time they see it.
During the five times I've gone to go see [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), I'm always sure to ask the friends and family that I'm with what they felt about the movie. Favorite scenes and best actor opinions are never consistent, but each time, one thing was consistent: everyone felt certain essential parts had been cut. Thor's entire story in the film was odd: why he felt his dream was worth leaving for, why he took Dr. Selvig to the lake, why we even needed Dr. Selvig, where did Loki go when he was confirmed to be in the movie?
Because of these and many other unanswered questions from the film, fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of an extended addition or a Director's Cut of the film. But after recent talks with Joss Whedon, it appears he isn't really up for a director's cut.
It has always been my ambition never to do a director’s cut of anything, and always to make the movie with the studio that we both want to make. Ultron was very complex. There was a lot of back-and-forth. My instinct is no [...] I don’t think there’s interest in it, right now. You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there. But the narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it.
I feel you put something out, and there it is [...] If I tell a story, I want that to be the story I told. Ultron may have some transitions that I’m not 100% on board with. It’s also one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put on screen. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix. I feel like, there she is.
Joss is right about his personal feelings of not wanting to remix a movie, but what he is definitely wrong about is the interest in a director's cut. Many people can tell the transitions are off in the movie, and we want Whedon's expertise, unedited by others. With the cult-like following of some of Whedon's fans, as well as Marvel's die-hard moviegoers, it would be sure to sell big-time. Think we could change his mind?