Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has made little secret of his difficulties in making that film, and now he's clarified his feelings toward the process, saying he "did a disservice" to the film by blaming Marvel for all its woes rather than taking responsibility for his own part in its shortcomings.
“Ultron, I’m very proud of. There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process,” Whedon confessed to Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival (via Deadline). “Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work and I was also exhausted, and we right away went and did publicity. I created the narrative — wherein I’m not quite accomplished at– and people just ran with it. ‘Well it’s OK, it could be better, but it’s not Joss’ fault’ and I think that did a disservice to the movie, and to the studio and to myself. Ultimately, it wasn’t the right way to be because I’m very proud about it.”
"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," Whedon continued. "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.”
Ruffalo confessed that, despite Whedon's difficulties with Age of Ultron, he lobbied for Whedon to continue on with the franchise to no avail.
“I begged him to do Avengers 3 and 4, Hulk 3, Thor 3 and Quasimodo, and he said, 'I’ll never do it again',” Ruffalo explained. Whedon reportedly clarified to Deadline that he's not wholely opposed to working with Marvel again, but he's focused on his own projects for the time being."