Nerdy director extroadinaire Joss Whedon has been missing from the Marvel fold for the last few films, but is keen to come back on a very specific premise
Joss Whedon was present at the first ever He For She Media Summit in Los Angeles, where he picked up an award for his activism in supporting women’s rights in film.
The director’s last outing on a Marvel project was Avengers: Age of Ultron and there’s no current plans for him to return to the studios any time soon.
However, speaking to entertainment site The Wrap at the event, Whedon was asked whether he could be enticed back to direct a female-led Avengers film:
“Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
Marvel currently have their first female-led franchise instalment in the works, with Captain Marvel set for 2019 – which Whedon explains would have been a struggle to even get on the schedule:
“Kevin Feige [Marvel President] fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it’s a start.”
While the latest blockbuster head-to-head has seen Marvel still edging ahead of their DC rivals, it has been pretty telling that DC have already announced two female-led films despite being well behind Marvel in their attempts to build a cinematic universe.
Have DC stolen a march on Marvel?
Despite most critics feeling that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was something of an ordeal, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was extremely well-received and her first standalone film will be release next year.
Early Suicide Squad trailers also saw fans go crazy for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, so much so that DC are already talking of a female-led superhero team up also featuring other DC female characters.
Basically, Marvel now look as though they’re dragging their feet on this – with Black Widow’s Avengers spin-off still vaguely promised to be ‘in the works’.
Surely the comic book giant could make some big steps with a Whedon-directed female Avengers?
He remains the golden boy with the hardcore followers and has a history of flipping genres on their head with impressive results (The Cabin In The Woods) and building strong female leads (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
If Joss decides to make this an ultimatum for his return to the Marvel family, then it could be a good thing all round.