People are often their own harshest critic, and we could believe the same of Joss Whedon, the director of the Avengers films. Perhaps insanely talented directors really aren't that different from the rest of us.
Whedon spoke with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo during the Tribeca Film Festival and expressed his shift as a director when looking back on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“'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 [about "Ultron"] — wherein I’m not quite accomplished at — and people just ran with it. ‘Well it’s OK, it could be better, but it’s not Joss’s 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."
Nowadays, Whedon can look back and have a more positive view of the film:
“The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, 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.”
Whedon is also getting back into his writing grind, although he is keeping very quiet on his next project. However, he does feel it's "super good" and “a definite departure."
It's refreshing to hear Whedon acknowledge the fact that Age of Ultron was entertaining, even if it didn't quite stack up against the original Avengers. Keep them coming, Whedon.