Back during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour, Joss Whedon was burned out and spoke very candidly about his struggles with Marvel over balancing the story elements in the super-sequel. After a year to decompress, Whedon has decided to revisit the project.
While speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon took his typical self-deprecating approach to discussing the project, saying he really is proud of how it turned out — even in spite of the instances where he butted heads with the studio. Here’s an excerpt from his comments via Deadline:
“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. 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 (about Ultron) ‘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.
The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, but I got to make an absurdly personal movie about humanity and what it means in a very esoteric and bizarre ways for hundreds of millions of dollars. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity twice is so bonkers and beautiful and the fact that I come off as a miserable failure is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.”
Considering how exhausted Whedon was after wrapping Ultron (which he tackled while still reeling from the pressure of making The Avengers), it’s no surprise he went off the cuff at the time. But, though the movie isn’t perfect, there are still a lot of great elements in there.
What do you think of Whedon’s take on Ultron? Do you agree with his assessment?