Rumours suggesting that Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon might not return to direct the two-part Avengers 3: Infinity War, have been circulating for quite some time now. And Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was rumoured to replace Whedon. But later on, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo became the top favourites to direct the film.
So what does Whedon have to say about this? In a recent interview with Empire magazine, the director seemed to have almost confirmed that he will not be a part of Avengers 3.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again," he stated, referring to the time and effort which has gone into the sequel.
"It's enormously hard, and it be, by then, 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 said.
Seems like the director is tired of The Avengers. No wonder this statement of his doesn't come as a complete shocker.
"I've been working on a lot of Ultron scenes, so I'm very anti-Avengers right now. You can't write someone if you don't love them and I've come to the conclusion that Ultron is right. The Avengers need to die."
It remains to be seen, how things eventually unfold. Whedon expressed similar views after directing The Avengers but eventually agreed for Age of Ultron. Since he did mention that he wants to continue being a part of the Marvel universe, maybe the director could take on a new superhero franchise.