Joss Whedon is the legendary director who brought the biggest Superhero team on the big screen and turned it into such a mega event. Avengers: Infinity War’s major success may be because of the directors and screenwriters of the movie, but if you think about it, Joss Whedon was equally responsible for that. He is the one who actually brought the heroes to life in the most remarkable way possible.
He gave us a very significant follow up to what he began in 2012 by adding even more heroes into the mix. He was responsible for two great villains of the MCU, Loki and Ultron. But he majorly departed from the MCU right after Avengers: Age of Ultron. He even left twitter during that period of time. It seemed that directing Age of Ultron took quite a bit of toll on Whedon. He then returned in 2017, was announced as the Director of DC’s Batgirl project and even finished Justice League after Zack Snyder had to depart from the project due to the tragic death of his daughter.
Whedon was responsible for the Justice League we got in the theatres. A while after Justice League came out, the Worlds of DC lost Joss Whedon as the Director of Batgirl. The movie lost its legs as the only Director who was capable of making a great Batgirl movie was Joss Whedon. Strangely, Whedon did not give the usual “creative differences” excuse for leaving the movie. Here’s what he said:
“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story. I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed.”
Well, he was recently interviewed by IGN, and during the interview, Whedon mentioned the fact that he “really understand” Thanos. Here’s what he said:
“Honestly, I kind of hung [Thanos] out to dry. I love Thanos. I love his apocalyptic vision, his love affair with death. I love his power. But, I don’t really understand it.
He’s had a lot of power, and he was cool in the comics. And I’m like, ‘Thanos is the ultimate Marvel villain!’ And then I was like, ‘I don’t actually know what I would do with Thanos.’ So, I liked what [Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo] did so much, and I thought [Thanos actor] Josh Brolin killed it. And they did an amazing job of keeping that performance on-screen. But it wasn’t like I was like, ‘Here’s a set of directions.’ I was like, ‘I’m gonna get through Ultron, nap for four years, and then I’ll come to the premiere.’ Which I did! It was like, ‘This is so cool!’”
He then continued to talk about how he actually liked what the Russos and the writers, Markus and McFeely did with Thanos. He said:
“I thought they did what they needed to do. [Thanos’ comic book story of falling in love with Death is] not a concept that will necessarily translate. It’s sometimes also an easy out for a villain. To say, ‘I love destruction! No, really, I’m in love with it.’ And yet, you’re still just a nihilist. Whereas they gave him an actual perspective and made him feel righteous to himself, which is always a better idea. So I liked what they did very much. I did not know about it, I certainly didn’t come up with it.”
Now Thanos will return in Avengers 4 where the Avengers will make their last stand to take out the Mad Titan for good. Avengers 4 is going to be a big Time Travel event, and it will be the true culmination of the entire MCU till now. Here’s the official Synopsis of the film:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”