Remember how “beaten down” and disappointed in himself Joss Whedon seemed to be after directing Avengers: Age of Ultron? In fact, according to Mark Ruffalo, the director’s response to begging for him to do future Avengers or Hulk movies was “Never again,” but not so fast with that, now. ..
Speaking with The Wrap about his new project, an original screenplay about “a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit,” Whedon did allow for the possibility of a Marvel return. The circumstances should hardly surprise anyone, since the writer/director is long known for his female-centric stories, and he confirmed he’d totally be interested in doing an Avengers tale were it led by kickass women (i.e. Black Widow); naturally he’s interested in the darker superheroine tales. Specifically asked if he’d do a female-driven Avengers story, Whedon replied:
Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
Whedon also championed Kevin Feige for pushing (finally!) ahead with the Captain Marvel (*coughKateecough*) film, and said he’s glad a female director will be at the helm.
Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start.”
Seeing how she’s been waiting a while herself, Widow might take issue with that pushing business, but yes, it’s a start.
Meanwhile, Whedon is trying to push through his third-act script issues, and excited to be flying by the seat of his pants, free of overwhelming expectations.
It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan. I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
I can’t help wondering if this new project is some kind of Twist on his comic character, described as a Victorian, female Batman, because hot damn, I’d run to see that.