Avengers: Age of Ultron is about all we’ve been able to talk about the last couple of weeks thanks to that awesome new trailer, with the exception of that brief break where Marvel Studios announced Phase 3. Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon‘s probably been pretty busy at the moment getting the movie ready for its release next summer, but even he’s not unaffected by current events, and he has some thoughts on all the recent leaks, news and considerations about all the latest Age of Ultron and Marvel Cinematic Universe news. In a new interview, Whedon discuss the sudden revelation that a couple Thor actors are appearing in AoU, his thoughts on the announcement of the Phase 3 slate, and other Marvel issues that have come up in the news.
First of all, yes, Whedon is aware that someone dropped word that Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston will appear in Age of Ultron in their Asgardian roles of Heimdall and Loki respectively, but he’s taking it all in stride. “Um, should he receive an email from me, there might be an attitude of scold,” he told Vulture about Elba’s reveal. “Yeah [Kevin Feige was in touch]… When you have a cast of 19,000 people, inevitably, once every month, you pick up [a story] and you’re like, ‘Awww.'”
As to the subject of Age of Ultron itself, the script for the film has been called “bananas” by some people in the know. As the man who wrote it, how does Whedon feel about that designation? “Well, at this point, I’m still trying to connect those bananas and turn them into a bunch,” he said with a laugh. “Yeah, I don’t think that banana metaphor is going to go very far, but it’s really fun, honestly. Even while I’m looking at ways in which I messed up, it’s fun taking everything and connecting it, finding a way to make something more emotional or funnier or cooler, so I love the work.”
As to the future of the MCU, Whedon says that last week’s announcement of new films based on the Inhumans, Black Panther and the rest makes his job as the director behind the next, immediate part of the Marvel movie puzzle more than a little formidable in the wake of ever increasing expectations.
“You know, it is a little daunting, and you sort of go, [mock-whiny] ‘What about my movie? I haven’t even been born and you already like my younger siblings better?'” he said. “But at the same time it’s exhilarating. It’s really fun to see where Kevin’s taking it and to see the workings of that mind. I think it was a very canny and very human move, I really like the slate.”
We know that Whedon is himself a fan, and he confirmed to Vulture that he does occasionally look at fan reaction to his doings for all the positives and negatives they may offer. “Sometimes it’s depressing, sometimes it’s enlightening,” he explained. “Every now and then, you definitely learn something from some random person on the internet who sees your work in a way you didn’t, who sees truth in it, that’s worth it.”
The interview was a brief one, but it also included Whedon’s insights on feminism, a topic he’s well versed in as the creator of a number of strong, independent female characters, and what future involvement there might be for Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner in the MCU since the Hulk still will not have another movie of his own sometime in the next five years. Still, it was nice of Whedon to poke his head for a couple of minutes and give us some scoops. With all the excitement about Age of Ultron, it can’t be an easy place in his shoes right now.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere on May 1, 2015.
Source: Comic Book Movie