Joss Whedon Says He’s Done Making Marvel Movies – Huffington Post

Joss Whedon, who was tapped to direct the first two “Avengers” movies after creating a number of critically acclaimed TV shows, is bidding farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The “Buffy” auteur revealed in a conversation at the Oxford Union that last year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was his final contribution to the most successful franchise in the history of film.

Whedon explained that once he signed on to direct “The Avengers,” he assumed a key creative role in the direction of the whole franchise. He gave input on all the Marvel movies, not just “The Avengers.” But when he started working in earnest on “Age of Ultron,” he didn’t have time to help out with the other movies — and taking a step back from that work made him realize that it was time to stop it altogether. 

“I made a completely clean break — not because we had a falling out — just because I was like, ‘I can’t … ‘ If I was still there going, ‘Well, here are my thoughts on this film,’ I’d be there every day,” he said. “I wouldn’t do anything else, because there are a lot of films, and it is a lot of fun.”

Whedon said that he’s been using his newfound free time to pursue projects closer to his heart

“I’ve been working on some little personal projects that I cannot describe, but I can tell you that they’re really hard, and I’m totally failing,” he said. “And it feels great.”