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Joss Whedon has become a superstar thanks to his uber-successful turn at the helm of "The Avengers," all but guaranteeing that any project he wants to pursue would be his for the taking. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer-director-producer said that after he finishes his commitment to "The Avengers" (sequel "Age of Ultron" is due in theaters summer 2015), he wants to step away from others' work and focus on some original ideas.
"There's probably a dozen," Whedon said when asked which existing franchise he wants to pursue. "It's very important I don't do that. 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."
That "400-year-old play" was "Much Ado About Nothing," the polar opposite of "Avengers" in every way: shot in black and white on a shoestring budget at Whedon's own home. Whedon said he felt lucky to be able to work on such dramatically different films, and that his success in the commercial world afforded him the opportunity to take risks in the artistic one.
"The thing is, I believe in both," he said. "I love Hollywood movies. I want to see big stars in big spectacles. But I also like the fact that we're in a place where any schmo can do their thing, and obviously I'm a particularly privileged schmo. But to feel as comfortable in both worlds, I dunno, isn't that like every goddamn dream?"
Whedon's current focus is perfecting "Age of Ultron" -- "Why do it again if you can't do it better?" he said -- on which he hopes to avoid falling into the trap of what he calls a "come-back-next-week"-style ending. The movie "needs to be its own thing," he said, a standalone achievement that doesn't rely on the easy trope of teasing more to come instead of finishing the story it has to tell.
Once that's over, who knows what's around the corner -- but it will be wholly Whedon's own.
"So if Disney said, 'Here's the Boba Fett movie,' you'd say no?" asked interviewer James Hibberd.
"I can't say for sure, because that's a tasty morsel," Whedon said. "But right now my heart doesn't go that way."
[via Entertainment Weekly, h/t The Playlist]