Any film is bound to come under criticism when it is released and the internet has made it so much easier for people to share their views. Regardless of the subject matter, you can’t please everyone. Directors, actors, characters and the studios take criticism from audiences and critics alike but it is very rare that the writer and director finds criticism for their own film. Well, that is the case as Joss Whedon sat down with Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival and discussed Avengers: Age of Ultron among many other things.
Although Whedon claims he was proud of Age of Ultron, there was elements of the process that frustrated him including Marvel studios.
“I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable.”
Add exhaustion into the mix and the fact that Whedon doesn’t feel accomplished in creating narratives and it led to Joss feeling that people were left desiring more.
“And people just ran with ‘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.”
Whedon seemed to have conflicting feelings though, again repeating how proud he was of the film itself. Even after multiple box office and visual successes Whedon still remains humble claiming:
“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.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron was a success and no-one can doubt that, both commercially and critically but this paints a picture of the stress film makers go through to create the blockbusters we enjoy day by day. It is a real hope that Whedon carries on working with Marvel studios in the future and although he has said he is open to new project with them in the future, nothing is set in stone.