Joss Whedon explains why making Avengers 2 was a nightmare

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Mar 4, 2015, 3:36 PM EST

Now that you've seen the mind-blowing new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon has revealed how getting to this point was so incredibly difficult.

Speaking with UK-based magazine SFX, Whedon explained that the hardest part of making the sequel the third-highest-grossing movie of all time was not the expectations from fans and the pressure to repeat that success. Instead, he admitted that the biggest hassle was simply corraling all those superheroes:

"Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity! This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off."

Unlike other Marvel teams like the X-Men or the Fantastic Four, the Avengers are a hodgepodge of heroes with different origins and characteristics -- some are metahumans, others are normal people working with advanced weaponry and technology, and at least one is a being from a higher plane of existence. Whedon said making them fit together -- with an expanded roster that now includes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) -- was both fun and torturous:

"They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men, who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air."

But Whedon also knows what fans like, and they liked the hell out of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the first Avengers. So get ready for more:

"There is more Hulk in this movie than there was in the last film...What I love is we have the opportunity, because we went in with this mission statement, to shoot the Hulk like a character in a movie, and not like a ‘Look what we’ve got!’ We have ‘overs’ – blurry ‘Hulk’s over there!' bits, very quick shots. Everything isn’t, ‘We built the Hulk so for God’s sake you’re going to watch him in this long take, full-frame, the whole time!’ We really got to make him one of the characters in the movie. And that was a gift."

With supposedly a lot more for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to do in this story as well, plus the aforementioned new characters and Ultron (James Spader) himself, it seems like Whedon has a lot of plates he's going to be spinning through the movie's rumored 160-minute running time. Do you think his "nightmare" is going to turn out to be every comic book fan's dream?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)