Joss Whedon Talks Marvel Regrets

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Say, do you have an hour to kill? Do you fancy epic entertainer Joss Whedon? If you answered yes to either of those questions, check out the above video! For those of us at work or simply uninterested in watching an hour of dialogue that isn’t directed by Quentin Tarantino, we have a couple of excerpts from the live Q&A session. What kind of questions did they strike upon? How about if Joss will ever work with Marvel again, his decision regarding Agent Coulson, and how he reacted to the Age of Ultron criticism! Wait, they didn’t ask him if he prefers pancakes or waffles? That’s the hardest hitting question of them all.

When asked if he would ever work within the Greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon replied, “No. You know I was their sort of conciliary for a while… We do not discuss our thing…But, I sort of had my finger in all of the films in the second phase, but then I just had to concentrate only on Ultron, and sort of know when it was done I was just going to stop. So I made a completely clean break – not because we had a falling out – just because I was like, “I can’t…” If I was still there going, “Well, here are my thoughts on this film,” I’d be there every day. I wouldn’t do anything else because there are a lot of films, and it is a lot of fun. It’s very seductive. When you can put your little fairy dust on things and just improve them slighty, and they actually listen to you… I was a script doctor for a long time, and the part where they listen to you was very rare; so it was very important for my own self to go “we can still be friends,” but…” Well I guess that answers that…that is unless we will be seeing Buffy join Infinity War. Actually, I may have a hit a fan-fiction plotline here!

What about if Joss Whedon ever regretted killing Agent Coulson? “You know who loved hearing that was Clark Gregg . He was super thrilled. I do think that there is an element for somebody who consumes all the Marvel product that it might take the punch out, but generally I feel like the SHIELD audience and The Avengers audiences are not actually the same group, necessarily. No, I don’t regret bringing back Phil Coulson because he’s Clark Gregg, and he’s so bad ass. That was an aspect of it that became a headline in the internet, because that’s what they do. It was sort of, “Oh, that’s the meanest thing he’s said, let’s use that.” You have to go, “Well, okay, if you take it back in TV, does it take it back in film?” That was the the thing, because it came from, “Why wasn’t he in the second film?” I’m like, “Because I have time to explain that.” It’s like, “In addition to introducing nineteen new characters, this – snaps fingers – guy’s alive again .” I couldn’t do that, so… It’s an aspect of it, but it’s a small one. It’s not how I feel about it.”

What about how he dealt with the vitriol after Age of Ultron?Ultron has been the most complicated response I’ve gotten, and the way I deal with it is becoming fetal for about eight months. I f&^&ing have no spine or self-identity or anything, and it’s horrifying. It sucks… But I’ll be okay… Later…” See internet? You guys broke Joss Whedon! Again if you want to check out the full interview, hit that video above!

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