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Prior to the massive Phase Three announcement late last year that revealed that surprises like ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Black Panther’, and ‘Inhumans’ were on the schedule for Marvel Studios in the coming years, a rumor circulated that Joss Whedon wouldn’t be returning to direct the sequel to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Instead, Joe and Anthony Russo were lined up to take over. That sequel was then revealed to be the epic two-parter ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and another report emerged courtesy of the Sony Entertainment hacks saying that Whedon would in fact be passing the torch on to the ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directors. Now, the mastermind behind ‘The Avengers’ himself weighs in on the situation.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Whedon sounds like he’s definitely opting for a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe after he wraps up his commitments to ‘Age of Ultron.’ He tells the publication that it’s been a while since he’s worked on his own projects, but while he does that, he wishes to stay involved with the House of Ideas in some capacity:

“I couldn’t imagine doing this again. 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.”

If you recall, Whedon sang a similar tune after shooting ‘The Avengers’, but this time it really sounds like he’ll actually step back to take a break from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a little bit. You can’t really blame him, can you? And if he does, the franchise will definitely be in good hands with the Russos, who shocked the world with their first action/adventure/spy thriller featuring the Sentinel of Liberty.

What do you think about Joss Whedon’s comments about his future with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Would you be upset if he didn’t return for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’? Or would you be okay with Joe and Anthony Russo taking over the House of Ideas’ lead franchise? Let us know in the comments below.

‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ premieres on May 4, 2018, while ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 2’ hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

Source: Comic Book Movie