Joss Whedon Not Likely to Return for Future ‘Avengers’ Films After ‘Age of Ultron’

Joss Whedon has spent the biggest chunk of the last few years of his life concentratining on ‘The Avengers’ but after the sequel opens in May, it’s likely he’s stepping down from the franchise…

A massive part of the credit for the success of ‘The Avengers’ has to fall directly on the shoulders of director/writer Joss Whedon, who helped assemble one of the biggest movies of all time and now he’s getting ready to do it all over again.

‘The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron’ opens on May 1 and the movie is expected to be one of the biggest films in 2015, but as it turns out it might also be Whedon’s last with the franchise.

While Marvel has already announced that following ‘The Avengers 2’, the studio will roll out two more Avengers films in back-to-back years for Infinity War part one and Infinity War part two. As it stand following this latest movie, Whedon doesn’t expect to step back behind the camera for either of the ‘Avengers’ sequels although he’s not saying goodbye to the Marvel Universe as a whole.

“I couldn’t imagine doing this again,” Whedon told Empire Magazine. “It’s enormously hard, and it [will] be, by [the time I would make ‘Avengers 3 & 4’], a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.”

Whedon also had a hand in the launch of the ABC series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ before ultimately turning the reins over to his brother Jed, who is the day-to-day show runner.

While Whedon has mixed in a couple of independant movies such as his adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ as well as the movie ‘In Your Eyes’, it sounds like the prolific writer/director has something more involved in mind that he’d like to work on if he leaves ‘The Avengers’ behind.

Maybe another Whedon TV show? Maybe more comic books?

Whatever the case may be, all signs are pointing towards a Whedon-less Marvel Universe after ‘The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron’ opens later this year.

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