For many, Marvel can do no wrong. Ever since the debut of the MCU, Marvel has delivered smash hit after smash hit, but every once in a while they deliver a film that doesn’t quit sit well with fans. Last years Avengers Sequel seemed to unfortunately divide fans. Some loved it and some felt it was a jumbled mess of a film. However, what was unexpected was that ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ even received criticism from its own director Joss Whedon. After being very critical of his own film during last May’s press tour for, Joss Whedon admitted to Mark Ruffalo earlier tonight that the remarks toward the film were quite harsh.
Earlier tonight the two took the stage as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Talk series. Following the wrap of Age Of Ultron, Whedon told Ruffalo;
“I took a two-week vacation for the first time in 25 years, except for the four month vacation where I wrote the Buffy musical. I set out to accomplish nothing.”
To which Ruffalo replied:
“I begged him to do Avengers 3 and 4, Hulk 3, Thor 3 and Quasimodo, and he said, I’ll never do it again, I was getting worried about you, but you’re back.”
Following a quick remark about his return to directing following his vacation, the director finally cleared the air regarding his comments on AOU;
“Ultron, I’m very proud of. There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work and I was also exhausted, and we right away went and did publicity. I created the narrative — wherein I’m not quite accomplished at– and people just ran with (about Ultron) ‘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. Ultimately, it wasn’t the right way to be because I’m very proud about it.”
“The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, but I got to make an absurdly personal movie about humanity and what it means in a very esoteric and bizarre ways for hundreds of millions of dollars. 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.”
The remainder of the exchange between the two on stage consisted of a retelling of the filmmakers history growing up in Manhattan, being a film writer, and being raised by “theater geeks.” While his remarks don’t necessarily make up for his negative remarks from last year, they do provide a comforting narrative and explanation to why he made them.
For many, Avengers: Age Of Ultron was a film about the team realizing their own weakness, and now in the coming weeks fans will finally see the fruit of the seeds that were planted in that film when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters, and from what the early reviews are saying, this upcoming film is everything fans expect from Marvel.