Avengers: Age of Ultron Made Joss Whedon Feel Like a “Failure”

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Avengers: Age of Ultron was a box office hit and received favorable reviews from critics. The film took a lot out of director Joss Whedon, however.

According to Variety, Whedon talked about Age of Ultron at the Tribeca Film Festival and his hardships making the blockbuster, which made him feel like a “miserable failure.”

“I am very proud of it [but] The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, and I had probably more of those than I had on the other movies I made.”

Age of Ultron was such a stressful production for Whedon that he walked away from Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I was so beaten down by the process,” Whedon said. “Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable. A lot of it was about my own work, and I was also exhausted. I think that did a disservice to the movie and the studio and to myself.”

Despite feeling “beaten down,” Whedon still appreciated his time with the MCU.

“But I also got to make, for the second time, an absurdly personal movie that talked about how I felt about humanity, and what it means, in very esoteric and bizarre ways, for hundreds of billions of dollars. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity is so bonkers, and so beautiful, and the fact that I come off of it feeling like a miserable failure, is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.”

As far as we’re concerned, Whedon, you did a pretty great job with both Avengers movies. So don’t beat yourself up.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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