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According to director Joss Whedon, there are no plans for a director’s cut of Avengers: Age of Ultron — despite the film being one of the most popular movies of the summer and, famously, one that was originally more than 30 minutes longer before its final release — because it’d be too much work.
“It has always been my ambition never to do a director’s cut of anything and always to make the movie with the studio that we both want to make,” Whedon told an audience at Nerd HQ during San Diego Comic-Con, as reported by Collider. Calling production on the second Avengers movie “very complex” — “There was a lot of back-and-forth,” explained Whedon — he said that his instinct regarding whether to release a re-edited version of the movie was that it wouldn’t happen.
“Just as an artist, I’m super f—ing lazy, and that sounds like it would be hard,” he joked. “I don’t think there’s interest in it right now. You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there. But the narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it. I feel you put something out, and there it is.”
Although the version of Ultron that made it to the big screen wasn’t his original take on the idea, Whedon said that the final version of the film was “one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put onscreen.” He went on, “The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix. I feel like, there she is.”
While Marvel has yet to release a director’s cut of any of its movies, Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has been rereleased as X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut on DVD and Blu-ray, with additional footage not seen in theaters.
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