With about a week until “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters, director Joss Whedon made the press tour circuit to talk about the film and revealed his thoughts on Spider-Man, deleted scenes and the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large.
“Yeah [I’d like to have worked on Spider-Man], he’s the poster child,” Whedon told Yahoo Movies. “He’s the first book I read, and I think that’s true for a lot of people.”
Further, while he’s yet to have his final talks with Disney and Marvel Studios, he shared, “There are so many things I would want to do, even with these characters [‘The Avengers’], even with just one of these characters. But the fact of the matter is: they’re doing fine, and I’ve probably got to move on.”
“Hulk movies are very difficult because it isn’t a classic superhero story,” he told IGN. “It is more of a werewolf story, and finding a way to thread both of those makes if difficult. But I think it has more to do with the boring [legal] issues… because they love the Hulk and they love Mark [Ruffalo] as much as I do.”
Whether or not he’d like to see a “Planet Hulk” film, though, is a different story. “It absolutely could be put onscreen. I don’t know if it should. I think part of what makes the Hulk great is the world around him and the Banner of it. And it would be mad expensive as well. I think if they were going to do a Hulk movie, they’d want to keep it more grounded.”
Whedon also spoke a little about the Coulson revival to Mental Floss. “A lot of people come back in ‘The Winter Soldier.’ It’s a grand Marvel tradition. Bucky was supposed to die. And the Coulson thing was, I think, a little anomalous just because that really came from the television division, which is sort of considered to be its own subsection of the Marvel universe. As far as the fiction of the movies, Coulson is dead.”
“But I have to say,” he continued, “watching the first one with my kids — I had not watched the first one since it came out — and then watching it with my kids and watching Coulson die but [thinking], ‘Yeah, but I know that he kind of isn’t,’ it did take some of the punch out of it for me. Of course, I spent a lot of time making sure he didn’t. And at the time it seemed inoffensive, as long as it wasn’t referenced in the second movie, which it isn’t.”
“There will be very many scenes on the DVD,” he revealed to Flicks And The City. “I think, ultimately, I might argue one or two little things I would have liked to put in the movie, but — generally — most of them belong on the DVD.”
“[The Vision] is someone you would want to be with, you want him on your side, you would love him,” he said of the newest addition to the Avengers, “but you also know that he’s seeing something you’re not and he might be too polite to tell you that it’s something horrible.”
Whedon also discussed how the atmosphere on set has changed between the first film and its sequel. “It’s just fun being back with all of them. When we made the first [‘Avengers’], they didn’t know each other… There’s an ease now that they have. Now there’s an ease about what we’re doing. We come together as a family, except that we like each other.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens on May 1.
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