Before anybody gets it into their head that Joss Whedon didn’t enjoy directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, let me assure you that he’s just kvetching.
In an interview with SFX, Whedon confessed that the rapidly expanding cast of characters made shooting Age of Ultron a tremendous challenge. “”Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like Serenity!… This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off.”
With Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Ultron at least all joining the mix, keeping the film visually consistent with such diverse characters is a big part of the challenge. They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes,” Whedon explained. “These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as though as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.”
When also discussed a new cinematic approach to capturing the Hulk, making it sound as though the camera won’t treat him as much like a spectacle as the first Avengers movie.
“There is more Hulk in this movie than there was in the first. But what I’m excited about is we shot this movie very differently. I was running a lot of cameras, I was shooting long lenses, which I don’t usually do,” he said, adding that he aimed to shoot the film a little like a documentary….What I love is we have the opportunity, because we went in with this mission statement, to shoot the Hulk like a character in a movie, and not like a ‘Look what we’ve got!’ We have ‘overs’ – blurry ‘Hulk’s over there! Bits, very quick shots. Everything isn’t ‘We built the Hulk so for god’s sake you’re going to watch him in this long take, full frame, the whole time!’ We really got to make him one of the characters in the movie. And that was a gift.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st.