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When Joss Whedon was announced as writer-director of the first Avengers film, it was seen as another left-field directorial choice from Marvel. After all, he hadn’t directed a film since 2005’s Serenity. But Whedon’s quick wit, brilliant screenplay and way with an ensemble cast won the day, and one $1.5 billion grosser later, he was back in the director’s chair on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Suddenly the man who was a huge gamble had become a safe pair of hands.
Empire caught up with Whedon on set at Shepperton back in April, and found that, even though he was exhausted just a few weeks in, he was engaging company, full of streams of consciousness, rhetorical questions, funny voices and sharp, perceptive points on the future of the Avengers.