It's been no secret that Director Joss Whedon has had some criticisms of his last Avengers film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Criticisms of not only the film itself but also of the process of hashing out the narrative to fit Marvel's future plans.
During a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon sat down with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and shared some thoughts on what he thinks of the film looking back, his initial comments about it, and the public's reaction to it.
"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 — wherein I'm not quite accomplished at– and people just ran with (about Ultron) 'Well it's OK, 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 some time away, Whedon seems able to look at the experience in a more positive light.
"The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously," continued Whedon, "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 appears the time has also reignited his writing.
"Yeah, I'm back," exclaimed Whedon who remained rather mum about the next project he is penning except for the fact that it's "super good" and "a definite departure" — something he credits to taking an exploratory process with his writing."
Age of Ultron wasn't better than the original Avengers, but that is an awfully high bar, and it was still an entertaining film. I'm glad he can see that now as well.