Since Bryan Singer has returned to the helm of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film franchise, he’s been cleaning things up left and right. Thanks to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, the filmmaker put the Marvel mutant movies back on track with his epic time-traveling adventure. He’s even tweaking it even more with the recently released ‘Rogue Cut’ of the film. However, don’t expect that to happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At least, don’t expect it from Joss Whedon.
While speaking to fans at his Conversation for a Cause at Nerd HQ during San Diego Comic-Con weekend, Whedon revealed that he has no plans of releasing a director’s cut of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ But before going into his feelings on the idea of remixing a creative endeavor, the fan favorite filmmaker does share that there will be plenty of deleted and extended scenes on the home release of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ latest big screen adventure:
“It has always been my ambition never to do a director’s cut of anything, and always to make the movie with the studio that we both want to make. Ultron was very complex. There was a lot of back-and-forth. My instinct is no. Just as an artist, I’m super fucking lazy and that sounds like it would be hard. I don’t think there’s interest in it, right now. You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there. But the narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it. I feel you put something out, and there it is.
The first time I ever heard a re-mix, I was 13 and I was listening to the radio. I heard a song that had been re-mixed and it freaked me out so much that I turned off the radio and never listened to it since, literally. That is an actual truth. I felt like, “Wait, that was the song. You can’t do that.” Our entire culture consists of doing exactly that, but I’m not for it. If I tell a story, I want that to be the story I told. Ultron may have some transitions that I’m not 100% on board with. It’s also one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put on screen. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix. I feel like, there she is.”
These comments are particularly interesting considering how much of the film was cut in post-production. After all, we heard about an entire storyline featuring Thor that was basically cut out. But we also heard that Whedon was worn down by creating the highly-anticipated sequel to his landmark 2012 superhero film, so it’s not that surprising that he doesn’t want to revisit the project. Maybe he’ll reconsider down the line. While we wait for that to happen or not, the filmmaker also touched on ‘Dr. Horrible’, ‘Firefly’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, and ‘Toy Story’ in addition to commenting on his last project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future during his Nerd HQ event, so feel free to check out the whole panel in the video below:
Are you disappointed that there won’t be a director’s cut of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’? Do you think that Joss Whedon will reconsider his decision and revisit the material down the line? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.