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Joss Whedon labels first Avengers movie 'haphazard'

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Story by Jack Foley

JOSS Whedon may be his own worst critic. Marvel Avengers Assemble may be the third highest grossing film of all time at the world-wide box office but the director sees plenty of room for improvement.

In an interview with US publication Entertainment Weekly, Whedon candidly admits that he sees plenty of problems with the film even though critics were also lining up to heap praise on it last year.

“When I think of a great film, I think of something that’s either structured so perfectly like The Matrix or made so lovingly like The Godfather Part II. There was haphazardness in the way it [Avengers] comes together — not just the people, but the scenes. I don’t think you’d look at it and go, ‘This is a model of perfect structure.’ You’d go, ‘This is working’.”

Whedon does remain proud of the movie, however, adding: “I like its imperfections. The thing I cared most about – making a summer movie like the ones from my childhood – is the thing that I pulled off.”

However, Whedon will get a second chance at the kind of perfection he is seeking when he makes the sequel Age of Ultron, in which superheroes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk will take on the titular robotic villain.

Talking about what to expect, Whedon explained: “I want more control visually, more time to prep it. Not that I didn’t dictate every shot — I did. But there’s only so much you can do when you’re making a summer film when the ball is already rolling as fast as it was when I got in. Why do it again if you can’t do it better?”

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is due to hit UK cinemas in the summer of 2015.

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