Joss Whedon Doubts He'll Direct Avengers: Infinity War

Ben Bussey
·UK Movies Writer
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There had already been speculation that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ might be Joss Whedon’s last time in the director’s chair for the Marvel super-team - and now he would appear to have all but confirmed this.

Whedon tells Empire Magazine (quotes via Comic Book Movie) that it’s “very doubtful” he’ll return for the back-to-back third and fourth installments in the saga: the two-volume ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

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"I couldn’t imagine doing this again. It’s enormously hard, and it'd be, by then, 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."

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In case you don’t quite get his meaning there, Whedon has indeed run three shows in one year before - between 2002/2003, when his TV shows ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel’ and ‘Firefly’ were all in production simultaneously - so he clearly doesn’t want any misunderstanding over just how much hard work goes into an ‘Avengers’ film.

Still, it’s hardly a revelation to hear Whedon suggest ‘Age of Ultron’ may be his last Avengers movie, as it’s long been rumoured he was feeling a little burned out on it all, as these comments would seem to confirm - and word is that the Russo Brothers, directors of ‘Captain America: the Winter Soldier’ and its upcoming sequel ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ are the likely candidates to pick up the reins of ‘Infinity War.’

Even so, we might note Whedon also stresses not wanting to sever ties with Marvel - so who’s to say he might not return to direct another property for the superhero movie giants somewhere down the line?

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Considering what a large body of work Whedon has behind him, it’s almost surprising to note that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ will only be his fourth feature film as director, following on from ‘Serenity,’ the original ‘Avengers Assemble’ and his ultra-low budget Shakespeare adaptation ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’

Of course, Whedon also has over 40 TV directorial credits to his name from ‘Buffy,’ ‘Angel,’ ‘Firefly.’ ‘Dollhouse,’ ‘Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ and ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ plus guest spots on ‘The Office’ (US) and ‘Glee’ - not to mention his numerous screenwriting and producing credits.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' hits UK cinema screens on 22 April 2015.

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