When Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next month, it will mark the end of an era, of sorts, since it is the last Marvel movie directed by Joss Whedon, at least in the forseeable future. The filmmaker has already handed the reins over to Anthony Russo and Joe Russo for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, which could very well include the latest addition to the MCU, Spider-Man. We already know that the new Spidey, whoever it may be, will first appear in an upcoming Marvel movie, most likely the Russo brothers' Captain America: Civil War, before the new Marvel/Sony-produced Spider-Man hits theaters in 2017. While continuing his press tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon revealed that he would have enjoyed working on the new Spider-Man story, and regrets that Spider-Man came back to Marvel a little too late.
"Yeah [I'd like to have worked on Spider-Man], he's the poster child. He's the first book I read, and I think that's true for a lot of people. 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."
After directing Marvel's The Avengers in 2012, Joss Whedon essentially became a consultant of sorts for Marvel on their entire Phase Two slate. Since we already know he won't be directing a Marvel movie anytime soon, the filmmaker was asked if he will still continue to consult with the studio on their even-larger Phase Three slate. Here's what he had to say below.
"I honestly don't know. Discussions haven't got that far. It's like, 'I'm not going to be able to do the third one, guys. I think this is going to tap me out. Let's just get this one done, and that became all-consuming."
"I think it's great that Marvel and Sony have worked this out. Because these films are made by fans and to see Spider-Man come to life in these movies, where he should be, in movies made by fans who really love those characters, I think is going to be great."
Do you think Joss Whedon should stick around to consult with Marvel on their nine-movie Phase Three slate? Is there a particular Marvel movie you want to see him direct? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more on both Spider-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron.