Earlier, we showed you some brand new Empire magazine covers featuring the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film is expected to smash (wink, wink) box-office records like so many Hulks while also delivering the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe experience to date. But, despite Age of Ultron looming large on the horizon, a lot of our talk lately has been the movie that’s going to be following it in 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.
When last we checked in with the rumor mill of the film, we found ourselves wondering if magic had indeed occurred that would allow Spider-Man to finally play in the MCU. However, before that news broke, there was another rumor circling that gave us some mixed feelings: namely that Joss wouldn’t be returning to the director’s chair for what’s seeming very much like an epic conclusion to the Avengers’ first cinematic trilogy. (Or is it technically a tetralogy?)
In the latest issue of Empire, Whedon had this to say: “I couldn’t imagine doing this again. It’s enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make Avengers 3 & 4], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.”
So, if not Joss Whedon, then who? One rumor that has been floating around lately is that Captain America: Civil War directors, The Russo Brothers, are the studio’s top choice to replace Whedon on the two-part Avengers epic, and that the boys are 100% on board to take the job if asked. However, we will say Whedon was making similar – but nearly as definitive – statements after the first Avengers film until he realized he wanted to tell a story with Ultron as the big bad. So, you never know.
At the very least, it’s a good sign Whedon says he doesn’t want to leave Marvel entirely. So perhaps he can remain on the next film as a producer or a writer perhaps. That would be sweet, as would the potential of him taking on a more active role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or tackling a new Marvel series entirely. Maybe he can finally give us the Squirrel Girl series that we deserve.
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