As Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe comes together for Avengers: Infinity War, director Joss Whedon admits that he is jealous of the Russo brothers and their role in the end of Phase 3.
Previously a mainstay of the MCU, Whedon was responsible for bringing both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron to theaters, however, it was two movies and out for the man behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
In the past, Whedon has been critical of the studio over their clashes and said that Age of Ultron "broke" him, however, it all seems like water under the bridge now. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet for Infinity War, the 53-year-old admitted he was jealous of what the Russo brothers got to do.
"I'm less tired, and exicted because I don't know what happens, and, you know, a little jealous."
Continuing about his feelings on Joe and Anthony Russo taking over where he left off in 2015, Whedon revealed exactly what it was about the third Avengers movie that he feels he missed out on.
"Well, they [The Russo Bros] got the Guardians in there, and every living human being who wasn't in a Harry Potter movie is in this film. I don't envy them the gig - there's a reason I said two and out - but I do wish I had gotten to play with those characters a little bit."
Whedon's mention of James Gunn's superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy is an interesting one. With Whedon being known for skills writing powerful female-first characters, the likes of Gamora and Nebula would've been no exception if he got his hands on them.
Although Gunn's Guaridans of the Galaxy preceded Age of Ultron, Star-Lord and his teammates weren't part of the second Avengers movie. Also with movies like Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther all having come since, Whedon didn't have anywhere near as many characters to play with as the Russos did.
Admittedly, it comes as a challenge in itself when creating the biggest superhero movie ensemble of all time, but it is one that Joe and Anthony have embraced. Combining the themes of the various directors who have come before them (including Whedon), the Russo brothers appear to have provided a cohesive continuation of the past decade of Marvel movies.
Ultimately, no one knows how Whedon's version of Infinity War or Avengers 4 would've looked and no one knows if he will ever return to directing MCU movies. However, now that Batgirl is off the table, maybe he has the time free to tackle something in the new era of X-Men and the Fantastic Four?
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others.