Although acclaimed director Joss Whedon counts "The Empire Strikes Back" as one of the few sequels that turned out well, he told Entertainment Weekly that the film has one major flaw.
"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."
"The Avengers" director said the second installment of the first "Star Wars" trilogy ended on a too big of a cliffhanger.
"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."
"Empire" was the highest-grossing film of 1980. It has earned more than $500 million in box offices worldwide through its initial release and subsequent re-releases since then. It was nominated for three Oscars, winning one.
Whedon's next bog project is "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." -- of which he is a writer and co-creater -- a series coming to ABC in September.