Joss Whedon Felt ‘Beaten Down’ By Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Variety reports that during a recent interview with Avengers star Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival, Joss Whedon opened up about his frustrating experience with Avengers: Age of Ultron:

On his feelings about the film: “I am very proud of it [but] The things about it that are wrong frustrate me enormously, and I had probably more of those than I had on the other movies I made.”

On his problems with the shoot: “I was so beaten down by the process. Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable. A lot of it was about my own work, and I was also exhausted […] I think that did a disservice to the movie and the studio and to myself.”

On still being proud of the movie: “But I also got to make, for the second time, an absurdly personal movie that talked about how I felt about humanity, and what it means, in very esoteric and bizarre ways, for hundreds of billions of dollars. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity is so bonkers, and so beautiful, and the fact that I come off of it feeling like a miserable failure, is also bonkers, but not in a cute way.”