When Joss Whedon first accepted the role of writer and director of The Avengers back in 2010, no one could have known how big of a commitment it would ultimately be. Yes, it would be difficult — that much was clear, for The Avengers isn’t a concept that many could have pulled off. Following Whedon’s success, he was brought on to shape Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. This was no short order, and Whedon ended up spending the next few years shaping one of the most ambitious worlds in cinematic history. The year is now 2015, and we are less than three months from the release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a film that will likely put a cap on Whedon’s involvement in Marvel’s world.
This is undoubtedly a sad moment in Marvel fandom, as Whedon has helped to shape a world that millions of fans hold dear. But is this the last Marvel will see of Joss Whedon? In an interview with BuzzFeed, Whedon opens up on that very subject, as well as what his plans may be following his prolonged Marvel gig.
“I would never rule anything out, because I like working here. By the same token, the biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself. It’s been way too long since I created a universe. The last thing I did before The Avengers was [directing an episode of] Glee, and in between I did Much Ado About Nothing. So I haven’t created my own universe for over five years. That feels wrong. You know, my own universe might be a book of haiku. I’m not necessarily saying I’ve got a grand scheme.”
Whedon doesn’t come from the average ordinary writer/director background. As a television showrunner who has created such shows as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly, it makes sense that he’s more used to creating a single cohesive world than most. That’s literally what his job was for several years before transitioning into feature films–and is likely why The Avengers and Marvel’s Phase Two was so successful.
Could this mean we can expect a Joss Whedon cinematic universe at some point in the near future? Whedon is a man who could pretty much do and fund anything he wants at this point, so we can’t rule it out.
Would you like to see Joss Whedon create his own universe, or would you prefer him to keep shepherding the Marvel franchises? Let us know what you think below!