Why Joss Whedon won't be releasing an Age of Ultron director's cut

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Jul 16, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Joss Whedon is a writer and director we always want more from, whether it’s his plot-twisting comic books or his plot-turning television shows. But there’s one thing we definitely won’t get more of: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joss has said point-blank that there won’t be a director’s cut of the movie.

According to Collider, Joss is satisfied with the version of Age of Ultron that we all saw on the big screen. “[T]he narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it. I feel you put something out, and there it is.

Ultron may have some transitions that I’m not 100% on board with. It’s also one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put on screen. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix. I feel like, there she is.”

But what about the brief flash of Loki that we saw in the commercial? DVDs/Blu-ray releases frequently contain extra footage unseen on the big screen. Will the god of lies and mischief appear in the DVD/Blu-ray goodies? 

Whedon didn’t say specifically, although he mentioned, “You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there.”

The words “director’s cut” imply a release that the director approved of—one where the director had control of the final edit of the movie. Famed director’s cuts include Superman II: The Donner Cut and Blade Runner: Final Cut, which appeared in theaters. Other versions with extra footage, such as Lord of the Rings Extended Edition and X-Men: Days of Future Past: Rogue Cut, are considered "extended" versions, that is, films whose extra footage was initially cut due to concerns over running time but restored on DVD .

However, Whedon did offer one other reason for a lack of director's cut: "Just as an artist, I’m super f*****g lazy and that sounds like it would be hard."

Via ComicBookResources.