Joss Whedon on finally passing The Avengers torch: 'It's a young man's game'

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Jul 4, 2015, 2:58 PM EDT (Updated)

After guiding one of the biggest franchises in cinema history through two massive installments, Joss Whedon is ready to pass the torch to a new set of filmmakers for the next phase of The Avengers

So, what did the man who spent the better part of a decade crafting The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron have to say about leaving Earth’s Mightiest Heroes behind? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon seemed almost relieved to be leaving the world behind — and also pleased with the direction Marvel has chosen to take in his pending absence.

As co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) prepare to take on the next two-part installment in the saga with 2018 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War, here’s what Whedon had to say about his exit once his duties are wrapped with Age of Ultron in the coming weeks:

“Every movie I have ever made has been an ensemble piece of increasingly enormous proportions. That many balls in the air, it’s only going to get bigger with 'Infinity War.' I’m not going to be able to give it what I would need to. It’s a young man’s game.”

Considering the sheer amount of time and energy it takes to make a film of this size, then do it again, it’s easy to see why Whedon would want a break. He’s smart enough to realize he’s hitting the blockbuster wall, and we’re actually extremely excited to see what he does next outside the massive studio system. After some much-deserved time off, of course.

Do you think The Avengers are in good hands? What would you like to see Whedon do now?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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