“I’m tapped out”: Marvel May Have Dodged A Bullet When Controversial Director Refused Avengers: Infinity War

Whedon, who directed the first Avengers film, was asked to direct the last two films in the franchise but declined due to being burnt out.

"I'm tapped out": Marvel May Have Dodged A Bullet When Controversial Director Refused Avengers: Infinity War

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  • Marvel Studios has had the privilege of working with talented filmmakers in the industry to create their successful franchise.
  • However, they should consider themselves lucky that Joss Whedon declined their offer to direct the latest Avengers films.
  • This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Whedon faced controversy after directing the DCEU's Justice League.
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With almost three dozen films in the main timeline of the MCU, not to mention several TV shows and mini-series for Disney+, Marvel Studios has managed to receive the privilege of working with several talented and decorated filmmakers in the industry. This has led to the success that the franchise enjoys today.

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But even when these creators are at the top of their game, a single spark of controversy can be the downfall of an entire project associated with them. Therefore, Marvel Studios should count their lucky stars Joss Whedon declined their offer to direct the latest Avengers films due to the bad press he received after directing the DCEU’s Justice League could’ve proven disastrous for the franchise.

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Joss Whedon Declined To Become Part Of Marvel’s Phase Four Avengers Films

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A still from Avengers: Infinity War

While the first epic team-up of Marvel Studios’ superheroes may have happened more than a decade ago, The Avengers is still fondly remembered as the film that perfectly portrayed the formation of a superpowered team. And we have to thank filmmaker Joss Whedon for doing an exceptional job of bringing that moment to life.

But this wouldn’t have been the only Avengers film that he could’ve been a part of. In fact, he would’ve helmed every single one of them if he hadn’t declined the last two.

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As stated in MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Whedon was attending to the post-production of the then-upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was when he was asked by company President Kevin Feige to become part of the conclusive films of The Infinity Saga as the director of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

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But the filmmaker was very burnt out during that time as he had just finished the production of the second Avengers project, which naturally meant he needed time to recuperate. He said: 

“What I said was ‘I’m tapped out.’ I think they knew that even if I could give them something, it wasn’t going to be anytime soon.”

This proved to be a blessing in disguise since after his delivery of DCEU’s Justice League, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator found himself in a sea of controversies.

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What Are The Controversies That Surrounded Joss Whedon?

A still from Justice League
A still from Justice League

In the same year as the release of his DCEU project Justice League, Wheadon found himself surrounded by controversy that stemmed from an open letter written by his ex-wife Kai Cole.

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In the said letter, Cole outlined that the filmmaker was a hypocrite preaching feminist ideals and cheating on her since his days creating Buffy The Vampire Slayer, even with other stars on the set. Then, in 2020, Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot, stars from his aforementioned DC project said that they too were grossed out by just how unprofessional the director was on set.

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Written by Deepak Bisht

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