Joss Whedon is done with Marvel movies for the foreseeable future.
In case that wasn't clear enough by some of his blunt, revealing comments following the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, that is.
The filmmaker and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator said during a recent Q&A at Oxford Union that he no longer has any involvement of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a property he had previously worked for as "showrunner."
"I've gone off the reservation for a while. It was five years that I was working on either Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D.," Whedon said. "That was an enormous gift they gave me; they handed me several hundreds of millions of dollars and said 'do what you do,' which is very rare and I was very lucky. At the same time, it's important for me not just to have my own thing and do something smaller, but also to create a new challenge for myself because I will start to repeat myself."
Pressed for clarification on how "off the reservation" he was, Whedon spelled out, "No, you know, I was their sort of consigliere for a while...but I sort of had my finger in all of the films in the second phase but then I just had to concentrate only on Ultron and sort of know that when it was done, I was just going to stop, so I made a completely clean break."
You can check out the full Q&A below.
...Of course, there's nothing to say he couldn't make his way to Warner Bros. to work on a DC property at some point, assuming the situation was right.
But, probably don't bet on it right away.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.