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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Director Joss Whedon Calls Job ‘a Nightmare’

”I long for the simple movies like ‘Serenity,'“ the filmmaker said in a new interview

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was “a nightmare” to direct, according to Joss Whedon.

The filmmaker told U.K. magazine SFX that the addition of more superheroes, including Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), made the sequel to 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers” his hardest job yet.

“Shoot me in the face! It is a nightmare. I long for the simple movies like ‘Serenity,'” Whedon said in the interview. “This is the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off.”

“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,” he explained. “These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.”

While his hard work is expected to pay off big time at the box office when “Age of Ultron” hits theaters on May 1, Whedon is particularly excited about paying off fans’ expectations for Mark Ruffalo‘s character, the Hulk.

“There is more Hulk in this movie than there was in the last,” Whedon said. “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 really got to make him one of the characters in the movie. And that was a gift.”