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Joss Whedon Addresses the 'Spider-Man 3 Territory': Trying to Get All Those Superheroes into 'Age of Ultron' Was a 'Nightmare'

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | March 6, 2015 |

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | March 6, 2015 |

As we’ve all seen in the poster and trailer, Avengers: Age of Ultron has a LOT going on. And no one knows that better than Joss Whedon, who last month addressed concerns of ending up in “Spider-Man 3 territory.”

They’re already good to go by the time we’re up and running. You don’t want to fall into Spider-Man 3 territory — and I say that as a guy who actually thinks pretty well of that movie, there’s some great stuff in that movie — but there comes a point where you’re overloaded with frontstory, backstory, origin story and it becomes very hard to juggle. My instinct is always, ‘Don’t put in more, work with what you have.’

Now, he’s coming out and saying what we could have all imagined: trying to squeeze in all these superheroes was really, really hard.

“Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity!” he told U.K. magazine SFX. “This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off.”

Longing for something simple? Maybe this would be a nice time for Serenity 2 then?


Sorry, right, beside the point. Go on, Jossy.

“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.”

Joss Whedon had some serious struggles. And we’ll reap all the benefits.


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