Avengers' director hates French movies and Empire Strikes Back

Josh Whedon—the director of teen TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers—thinks The Empires Strikes Back sucks because—according to him—it doesn't have an ending. Movies must have satisfying endings, he says. Otherwise they are bad movies, like French movies.

If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me.


Josh should probably watch the honest trailer for his Avengers blockbuster above. And then shut the fuck up.

Here's why Joss Whedon doesn't like Empire Strikes Back

Joss Whedon has a big problem with The Empire Strikes Back. It's a problem he's had since he first saw it back in 1980. Honestly, once I heard it, I wasn't sure whether I should laugh or cry.

As EW.com reported in the article about the interview Whedon gave to Entertainment Weekly:

“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending,” Whedon noted during his 10-page deep-dive interview with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue. “Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.”

To which your EW interviewer blurted: “You think Empire had a bad ending?”

“Well, it’s not an ending,” Whedon explained about the 1980 film, which had a cliffhanger leading into the next entry of the series, Return of the Jedi. “It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”


I think it's obvious how Joss Whedon would have preferred to end Empire; by fan-favorite Han Solo dying in the last four minutes for no other narrative purposes other than to make viewers completely distraught (probably from a stray laser blast) and with Luke, Leia, Lando and the Droids running down a Cloud City hallway with blasters and lightsabers raised to fight Darth Vader, 1250 Stormtroopers, three Rancors bred specifically to kill, and then Ponda Baba with a cybernetic arm, looking for revenge on Luke. Cut to black. Roll credits. Now that's an ending Joss Whedon approves of.