Joss Whedon on Filming Avengers: Age of Ultron 'Shoot Me in the Face! It is a Nightmare!'
Avengers: Age of Ultron director, Joss Whedon, has made no secret of his desire not to remain at the helm of the franchise after this year's massive release. Now, in new comments, Whedon has revealed he longs for simpler productions and has revealed that the massively expanded cast seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron made the film his trickiest production to date.
"Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity!" Whedon told SFX magazine. "This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off."
After filming the first Avengers movie, Whedon famously detoxed from blockbuster production by shooting a small scale adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing from his California home. But it would seem that with Avengers: Age of Ultron adding, the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and James Spader in both on-screen and voice roles, the juggling act appears to have gotten to the normally unflappable director who now longs for those simpler times.
"They're very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don't belong in the same room. It's not like the X-Men who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes," he explained. "These guys are just all over the place. And so it's tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I've ever done, and I haven't worked this hard since I had three shows on the air."
These comments certainly shed light on why Whedon has been so forthright about his lack of desire to commit to the two-part Avengers climax, but let's not forget they come at a time when the poor guy is probably at his most exhausted. After months and months of pre and post-production, Whedon is now on a marketing cycle which many would consider just as gruelling as putting the film together. If there's one crumb of hope for Whedon fans, it's that maybe after a break from the exhausting Marvel machine, he may feel a bit more positive about finishing what he has started. Plus, even if he doesn't, the Russo brothers sure would be a great replacement.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st in North America, while certain overseas markets will get the movie a week early on April 23rd.
"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."