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Joss Whedon Thinks He Got A Little Too Honest About Marvel

For reasons that are not entirely clear, this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is all about blockbusters. On Monday, we shared some J.J. Abrams sound bites from the otherwise indie-skewing festival and now we have the details of a discussion between Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo. When the subject of Avengers: Age of Ultron came up, it wasn’t long before Whedon addressed his public negativity about Marvel around the time of the film’s release. While it sounds like he stands by everything he said, it seems he now regrets the public form he chose for his criticism.


Ultron, I’m very proud of,” he said. “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—and people just ran with (about Ultron), ‘Well, it’s okay, 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.”


With the benefit of retrospect, Whedon has come to feel genuine gratitude for the studio he judged so harshly just 12 months ago. “The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously,” he added. “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.”

It’s still not clear what’s next for Whedon, but you can see the next chapter in the Avengers saga when Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6. Watch the trailer below.