Avengers was one of the biggest grossing films of all time but director Joss Whedon has revealed why he followed it up with a low-budget adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN, Whedon said: “I think it was to refill the tank. Avengers was extremely difficult – long stretch, long shoot and this was the best way for me to reconnect with my friends and to flex different muscles.”

Whedon has also said that he would love to direct a version of Hamlet but what made him tackle Much Ado About Nothing first: “Much Ado I chose for a few reasons, starting with Amy [Acker who plays Beatrice] and Alexis [Denisof who plays Benedick], the stars who had read it in my house and I always knew if I could do something I would want to do it with them.
“And for practical reasons it all takes place in one house and I had one so that saved on location budgets!"

Much Ado About Nothing opens in cinemas this Friday, June 14.

He added: "I love the play, for a long time I felt I didn’t have a real take on it and then it began to unfold right as I was finishing Avengers and I understood that there is a darkness to it, that the comedy is hilarious but the drama is not just there so you can wait for the comedy to come back.”