Over the course of the past five years, no movie studio has been more dominant than Marvel, and by extension no director has had such a wondrous ride as Joss Whedon. It’s geek vindication as the once pushed aside Whedon is now the God of the comic book world, and not just a folk hero.
But Whedon may have had enough of the comic book movie spotlight and could be taking a break from Marvel adaptations after he completes Avengers 2, which is going by the official title Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his future and stated that he’d like to get back to creating original content outside of the realm of what exists in Marvel.
It’s very important that we start creating new content again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to build on. Before we’re rebooting Spider-Man—again. It’s dangerous to the culture, and it’s boring to me. I squeezed in between my Avengers movies a 400-year-old play. So I really need to create some new worlds.
Now this doesn’t mean that Whedon is done with Disney or Marvel, as in the same interview he was asked if a Boba Fett movie would be something that would change his mind, and Whedon honestly answered that he’d have a hard time passing that up. But in terms of adapting stories — which here means anything that is already existing in the world of Marvel — Whedon wants to step back from that.
Notice he didn’t say he was leaving Marvel per-say, but he’s definetly trying to wiggle loose from the Marvel way that has made the studio a household name. Whedon has had a string of imaginative creations of his own leading up to his involvement with Marvel, as he’s the mind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer as well as the cult hit Firefly and it’s subsequent film spin-off Serenity.
Expect Whedon to focus on that sort of material once he finishes with Avengers 2, but just because he stepping away from pre-existing Marvel material for a few years doesn’t mean he’s severing the relationship.