– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Avengers: Infinity War may take the cake for the biggest crossover in the history of the film medium, we can’t forget the movie that made it all possible. Before shared universe were en vogue, Marvel Studios needed to prove to the world that a movie with an ensemble superhero cast could actually be pulled off. Would audiences actually be able to connect with more than one super at a time, or could they only handle one or two supers at a time?

Joss Whedon gave audiences The Avengers, a crowd-pleasing sci-fi thrill-ride that proved the grand experiment called the Marvel Cinematic Universe could actually hold up. Whedon came back for the less thrilling Avengers: Age of Ultron, then opting to take a break from Marvel. While at the red carpet for the Avengers: Infinity War premiere, Whedon was asked how he felt about the movie.

“I’m less tired, and excited because I don’t know what happens, and, you know, a little jealous,” he said with a genuine smile. I’m sure there is a little pang of jealousy, but from the looks of it, the comment was made with the purest of intentions behind it.

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The interviewer then asked who he was jealous about that the Russos were able to utilize in their film.

“Well, [the Russos] got the Guardians in there, and every living human being who wasn’t in a Harry Potter movie is in this film. I don’t envy them the gig – there’s a reason I said two and out – but I do wish I had gotten to play with those characters a little bit.”

We feel you, Joss. But it makes sense that with films this huge that they’d actually give the job to a pair of directors. At the end of the day, it’s a gig that’s too big for one human, so them splitting duties is certainly helpful to their longevity in this world. Plus, with them reportedly being a bit better at delegating duties, it’s probably for the best that they took on Avengers: Infinity War — at least for the mental health of all involved.

Would you have liked to see Whedon take on the Infinity War story? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.