Due to knee surgery, writer and director Joss Whedon was unable to attend San Diego Comic-Con, and there were obviously a lot of questions that fans and press would have loved to ask him about the Marvel cinematic universe. Lucky for us The Nerd Machine got to talk to him about all kinds of Marvel goodies while he was recovering in London! During the conversation he discussed Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Vs. DC, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
When asked about how Age of Ultron would address what happened in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers going on a mission to find Bucky Barnes he said,
"Ultron is the clear present danger, and Bucky is in the wind. We do mention the fact that [Bucky] is his sort of primary thing, but he's also working with the Avengers too. So, we're not ignoring it, but he definitely has to deal with a mad 8-foot robot. Because that's one of those things where, [if] you put it off, it just gets worse."
He was then asked what he would say to Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment about stepping up their game, to which he replied,
"I don't think I would say that. I think that would be a little presumptuous of me. I think that both studios have kind of different agendas, different ways of approaching the superhero genre, and the ethos of the thing, and the esthetic. They go very dark and serious and sometimes it works amazingly, and Marvel tends to be a little lighter. Both have movies that I adore, and both have movies that I'm like... (Whedon gives an aggravated facial expression), including bits of my own. I would not want them to do what Marvel does. I like what they do when they get it right. When you get a Heath Ledger [performance], and Batman Begins, and those things that really grip you. That's something nobody else is doing, and I like it. I want them to do what they're doing."
The last thing he talked about was Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which Marvel recently officially announced at Comic-Con.
"I was not aware of what they were going to announce, because I sort of stay away from everything else as much as I can while I'm trying desperately to finish [Age of Ultron]. We're two weeks away from finishing and I'm two days away from actually finishing the script as well. So, it's a lot going on with me right now. Kevin [Feige] has a big plan and every now and then, he'll tell me part of it if he thinks it's going to affect what I'm doing or if he thinks what I'm doing is going to affect his. But as much as possible, I try to live in my own bubble. Guardians [of the Galaxy] is very much its own thing. They're not the Guardians of this galaxy; it's a different one. So, I can sort of keep them at arm's length, long enough to do my thing and then I'm sure everything is gonna get mixed together because it's Marvel."
I like how he throws in that little "mixed together" part. It's just further evidence that one day that Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers will come together for an adventure of epic proportions. There's so much amazing stuff happening in the Marvel universe, and these movies are just getting better and better. It's pretty spectacular stuff, and I hope it never ends.