Joss Whedon Reveals Why He's Done With Marvel Movies

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Joss Whedon has confirmed that he's no longer involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in any creative capacity, after finishing his work on Avengers: Age of Ultron last year.

In a Q&A session with Oxford Union, Whedon talked about his involvement in the MCU, saying he was a consultant on all of the Phase 2 films, but decided to focus on Age of Ultron when it went into production .

Here's Whedon's explanation:

Will you have any involvement in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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Whedon: No. You know I was their sort of Consigliere for a while... We do not discuss our thing... [audience laughter] But, I sort of had my finger in all of the films in the second phase, but then I just had to concentrate only on Ultron, and sort of know when it was done I was just going to stop. So I made a completely clean break - not because we had a falling out - just because I was like, "I can't..." If I was still there going, "Well, here are my thoughts on this film," I'd be there every day. I wouldn't do anything else because there are a lot of films, and it is a lot of fun. It's very seductive. When you can put your little fairy dust on things and just improve them slighty, and they actually listen to you... I was a script doctor for a long time, and the part where they listen to you was very rare; so it was very important for my own self to go "we can still be friends," but..."

He talked about why he's no longer involved in the creation of Marvel films and TV shows:

"I've gone off the reservation for a while. It was five years that I was working on either Avengers orS.H.I.E.L.D….That was an enormous gift they gave me; they handed me several hundreds of millions of dollars and said 'do what you do,' which is very rare and I was very lucky. At the same time, it's important for me not just to have my own thing and do something smaller, but also to create a new challenge for myself because I will start to repeat myself."

You can watch the full interview below: