Joss Whedon: ‘I Won’t Be Making Another Marvel film’
Filmmaker Joss Whedon has stunned Marvel movie fans by revealing he has severed ties with the studio. The man who wrote and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and created TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had enough of being of being part of the Marvel universe, and has walked away from the comic book-to-movie empire.
“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,” he told the Oxford Union in England. “So I made a completely clean break – not because we had a falling out, just because if I was still there going, ‘Well, here are my thoughts on this film’, I’d be there every day.” “It’s important to 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,” Whedon continued. “I need to increase my vocabulary, because I’m now at a place where enough people know what I do and I’ve done it enough where I could just sort of vaguely do that, and that is how you become old and obsolete.” Whedon, who also directed episodes of cult TV shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, and an art house revamp of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for the big screen, is already at work on his next project. “As an artist… I need to make it harder for myself, so I’m working on a few personal projects that I can’t describe,” he explained, “but I can tell you that they’re really hard, and I’m totally failing – and it feels great.”