Joss Whedon has not been shy about why he’s done directing massive Marvel movies after Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s tired. So tired, in fact, that he wasn’t able to properly engage in a Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition with his second outing and cram the frame with tiny easter eggs that only fans will notice and appreciate.

In a great interview with Collider, Whedon chatted about the easter eggs (or lack thereof) in Avengers 2. Making any movie is hard and stressful, but making an Avengers movie is backbreaking, mind-bending work. To hear Whedon talk about it, making a film as large as Avengers: Age of Ultron was hard enough without having to find room for the fan-service:

Yeah, there aren’t a ton of Easter eggs. It’s so hard for me to make a movie, especially this movie, I don’t spend a lot of time going, “You know what else would be hilarious?!” I’m more like, “Was the gun in the frame? Oh my God, I’m so tired.” I mean I would leave set every day and go home and write because it wasn’t quite right; it wasn’t quite finished. It needed to be better. So not a ton.

We guess that means we won’t have to update our Marvel movie easter egg gallery, huh?

Whedon also revealed the original running time for Avengers: Age of Ultron was three hours and 15 minutes, a full hour longer than the final cut. Whedon confirmed that these scenes should make it onto the future Blu-ray and DVD and we honestly can’t wait to see what hit the cutting room floor. After all, the first Avengers movie lost some pretty major stuff, including an entire subplot about Captain America adjusting to modern life.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1.

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