With set visit reports and old interviews regarding “Avengers: Age of Ultron” emerging in the past week or two, Joss Whedon has had to comment and even correct himself recently on various topics relating to the Marvel franchise.
One topic has been his lack of desire to be involved in the “Avengers: Infinity War” two-film saga, but another has been about sexism in this genre and the lack of female superheroes in leading roles. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon revealed that he was considering the idea of a solo, period, female superhero film:
“I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn’t’ going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was ‘turn-of-the-century female Batman.’ Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can’t stress that enough. Movie about one person – not a team, not 10, just one. But [I would] do a nice sort of hard action movie that combined all my favorite things. Something that would be the love child of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey. You know, I’ve had many thoughts since then. Oh, I could do this! Oh, I could do that! But it is my instinct to want to tell those stories.”
The news isn’t that surprising. Before signing on for “The Avengers,” Whedon spent years attached to a “Wonder Woman” adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures. With him stepping away from directing any further “Avengers” films though, what might he work on next for Marvel? The obvious choice that many fans are bringing up is a Captain Marvel film. Would he be open to that?
“Um, I would never rule anything out, because I like working here. By the same token, the biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself. It’s been way too long since I created a universe. Captain Marvel I don’t know as well. There have been a few [versions] of her. I have the first issue of Ms. Marvel, back when she was that, and had the Farrah hair. My only issue with her is that she always felt sort of on top. She was very driven. A winner. I always like to dig into the soil of things to find my heroes, if I can.”
Whedon also says he believes “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its success has given the studio confidence to proceed with some of their lesser known characters including Captain Marvel:
“Honestly, you know, Guardians [of the Galaxy] might have helped it. Just because that was outside what was considered to be their box and did so well that- Well, let’s put it this way: If a raccoon can carry a movie, then they believe maybe even a woman can.”