One of the more discussed topics regarding the recent wave of comic book movies has been the lack of female superheroes. Marvel in particular has been decidedly slow on this front, despite having delivered strong female supporting characters in their own right like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
One person who is strongly for the inclusion of more female superheroes has been “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon. In a newly published interview with Digital Spy from the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” an interview conducted before the likes of “Agent Carter” premiered and talk of a Captain Marvel film began. Whedon discussed the lack of a female driven superhero adventure:
“It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’. There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago’, there’s always an excuse.
Marvel is in a position of making a statement simply by making [a female-led] movie, which I think would be a good thing to do. But it has to be a good movie, it has to be a good character, and most of the best characters in Marvel are owned by Fox, let’s face it!”
Of course Joss Whedon looks to be stepping back from the Marvel Universe for now following the release of ‘Ultron’. Could he return with a female-driven film a few years down the line?