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Joss Whedon says it's doubtful he will return for Avengers: Infinity War

01.26.2015

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While it's still not official, the claim going around late last year that Joe and Anthony Russo were in talks to direct AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART 1 and PART 2 seems more and more likely. Recent comments made by THE AVENGERS and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON director Joss Whedon all but confirmed that he won’t be continuing to helm the franchise.

Here is what Whedon told Empire Magazine about his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

I couldn’t imagine doing this again.  It’s enormously hard, and it 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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As I mentioned when the story of the Russo brothers being attached initially surfaced, it’s never a bad idea to walk away from something before you get too comfortable. That’s especially true when it comes to Whedon, who seems to be more interested in his own original content. As for the Russo brothers, most people were more than pleased with their work on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER and I can’t imagine would complain to see them tackle more Marvel movies for the better part of a decade.

Are you happy to see the Russo brothers taking over?

Source: Empire Magazine

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12:49PM on 01/27/2015
Winter Soldier was great, but the fights were a bit close to become shackycam-esque to my taste...
Winter Soldier was great, but the fights were a bit close to become shackycam-esque to my taste...
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8:49AM on 01/27/2015
Winter Soldier is my favourite MCU movie by far, so yes, I'm more than happy with this possibility.
Winter Soldier is my favourite MCU movie by far, so yes, I'm more than happy with this possibility.
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3:15AM on 01/27/2015
I want Whedon to still have a large hand involved with the Marvel universe, but I'm selfishly craving something original from him. So I'm okay with him bowing out of the director's chair.
I want Whedon to still have a large hand involved with the Marvel universe, but I'm selfishly craving something original from him. So I'm okay with him bowing out of the director's chair.
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1:16AM on 01/27/2015
Bummer he won't return but he has already contributed so much to the MCU, but you can't fault him for wanting to move on to other things. I am ok with The Russos taking over, they proved themselves worthy after The Winter Soldier.
Bummer he won't return but he has already contributed so much to the MCU, but you can't fault him for wanting to move on to other things. I am ok with The Russos taking over, they proved themselves worthy after The Winter Soldier.
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10:34PM on 01/26/2015
Sad to see him go but if he's not into it, then all the better. Im actually looking forward to what he does next. The tv industry has changed alot since he signed with Marvel, i would love to see him do a new show with someone like Netflix or HBO and have the full on creative hes always deserved (just dont work with FOX again Joss! Theyre no t good to you). Or perhaps a revival of one classic series? Its the hot new thing right now.
Sad to see him go but if he's not into it, then all the better. Im actually looking forward to what he does next. The tv industry has changed alot since he signed with Marvel, i would love to see him do a new show with someone like Netflix or HBO and have the full on creative hes always deserved (just dont work with FOX again Joss! Theyre no t good to you). Or perhaps a revival of one classic series? Its the hot new thing right now.
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3:12AM on 01/27/2015
I'd LOVE to see him do a special miniseries of Firefly once again.
I'd LOVE to see him do a special miniseries of Firefly once again.
7:41AM on 01/27/2015
I second that!
I second that!
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9:28PM on 01/26/2015
Lot of marvel news dropping today. Purple man is in Jessica Jones, Fox wants to make a mutant tv show, the magazine covers, the Jean Grey thing, Baron Zemo in Captain America 3, and now this.
Lot of marvel news dropping today. Purple man is in Jessica Jones, Fox wants to make a mutant tv show, the magazine covers, the Jean Grey thing, Baron Zemo in Captain America 3, and now this.
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8:20PM on 01/26/2015
A tad disappointed that Joss Whedon isn't back directing these two movies but they're going to be a big pressure for him and for any director, for that matter. Russo Brothers is an obvious choice as they did a great job on The Winter Soldiers.
A tad disappointed that Joss Whedon isn't back directing these two movies but they're going to be a big pressure for him and for any director, for that matter. Russo Brothers is an obvious choice as they did a great job on The Winter Soldiers.
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8:06PM on 01/26/2015
Although it'll be sad to see "Boss" Joss Whedon go, I think it's for the best. If he burns out halfway through the four-year cycle, Marvel's "magnum opus" could suffer dramatically. Better to walk away on top than letting your ego dictate your creative choices. In any case, Marvel knows best. They'll make the right decision, I'm sure.
Although it'll be sad to see "Boss" Joss Whedon go, I think it's for the best. If he burns out halfway through the four-year cycle, Marvel's "magnum opus" could suffer dramatically. Better to walk away on top than letting your ego dictate your creative choices. In any case, Marvel knows best. They'll make the right decision, I'm sure.
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7:55PM on 01/26/2015
I would say they are the obvious choice. I thoroughly enjoyed Winter Soldier and feel its definitely one of the better Marvel movies.
I would say they are the obvious choice. I thoroughly enjoyed Winter Soldier and feel its definitely one of the better Marvel movies.
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7:40PM on 01/26/2015
Even though I would rather have him direct both films more then anyone else, the Russo Brothers are more than capable of handling two films of this size and scope. I mean, if Winter Soldier is anything to go by this should be a walk in the park for them.

I wouldn't mind seeing Whedon write and produce the two films while the Russo Brothers directed, or perhaps Whedon could direct Ms Marvel or the Inhumans film.
Even though I would rather have him direct both films more then anyone else, the Russo Brothers are more than capable of handling two films of this size and scope. I mean, if Winter Soldier is anything to go by this should be a walk in the park for them.

I wouldn't mind seeing Whedon write and produce the two films while the Russo Brothers directed, or perhaps Whedon could direct Ms Marvel or the Inhumans film.
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7:57PM on 01/26/2015
I think Whedon writing the films with the Russo brothers directing would deliver the ultimate package for Marvel.
I think Whedon writing the films with the Russo brothers directing would deliver the ultimate package for Marvel.
7:35PM on 01/26/2015

Bad but good

I've loved Boss's work since Buffy. But I'm fine with this. GIVE IT TO JAMES GUNN!
I've loved Boss's work since Buffy. But I'm fine with this. GIVE IT TO JAMES GUNN!
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7:34PM on 01/26/2015

Bad but good

I've loved Boss's work since Buffy. But I'm fine with this. GIVE IT TO JAMES GUNN!
I've loved Boss's work since Buffy. But I'm fine with this. GIVE IT TO JAMES GUNN!
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7:35PM on 01/26/2015
Joss not Boss.
Joss not Boss.
7:59PM on 01/26/2015
Lol.
Lol.
9:06PM on 01/26/2015
Looks like you might just have given "Boss" Whedon his new monicker...
Looks like you might just have given "Boss" Whedon his new monicker...
11:09PM on 01/26/2015
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
11:09PM on 01/26/2015
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
11:09PM on 01/26/2015
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
11:09PM on 01/26/2015
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
"Boss" Whedon! Love it!
3:17AM on 01/27/2015
Let's just call Joss Whedon Boss from here on in. I think he deserves it.
Let's just call Joss Whedon Boss from here on in. I think he deserves it.
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