Joss Whedon talks about leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Age of Ultron‘s negative reception.

During a Q&A interview earlier this year with the Oxford Union, acclaimed Director Joss Whedon spoke – among many other things – about his decision to leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of “Phase Two” after the release of 2015’s mammoth hit The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the interview, which you can view below, he reveals the choice to leave the universe was his alone:

I made a completely clean break – not because we had a falling out – just because I was like, “I can’t…”

He also reflects on the film’s negative reception, saying:

Ultron has been the most complicated response I’ve gotten, and the way I deal with it is becoming fetal for about eight months [audience laughter]. I fucking have no spine or self-identity or anything, and it’s horrifying. It sucks… But I’ll be okay… Later…

Watch the interview here:

The Marvel Universe continues sans Whedon with the super hero packed Captain America: Civil War, which is released on 28th April 2016.


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Larry Heath

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