After the incredible success of The Avengers in 2012, you would have thought that Marvel would have left Joss Whedon to do his own thing when it came time for 2015’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron alas that doesn’t seem to be the case.
At this years Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon was on hand with Incredible Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo where the pair discussed last years entry to the franchise. It was there that Whedon revealed several changes the studio brought upon him in regards to the Banner/Romanov love story. He revealed that:
“The word came down to cut out the ending. Which I understood. They were like, ‘Don’t resolve this, leave it in the air, and then we’ll solve it later.’ And I understood it, and agree with what they wanted. But I also underestimated, a) the ripple effect, and b) just the fact that it was really wonderful. It plays better if it finishes, it plays better within the movie. There are things later on where [Scarlett Johansson] was playing the kind of fatalistic cool that actually didn’t make sense without the resolve having already happened.”
It sounds as though the studio was looking to pick the story up later on, perhaps in Avengers: Infinity War after Hulk has had time to think during his intergalactic road trip in Thor: Ragnarok. It also seems to add credence to the reports that tensions between Whedon and the studio were strained, although he does seem to imply that this may in fact be water under the bridge now and he would be open to working with the company again.
What do you think? Do you think the changes were for the best? Were you a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts in the comments!