Joss Whedon’s clean break from the Marvel universe was surprising.
The man who directed the epic The Avengers and the not so epic Avengers: Age of Ultron, exited the superhero universe after he admitted he needed new challenges. It was a fair call as Whedon poured his blood and sweat into the big budget blockbusters. A return to Marvel seemed incredibly unlikely, but Whedon admitted he’d return under one condition: If he could direct a female-driven Avengers franchise.
“Yeah, of course,” Whedon told The Wrap when asked if he’d direct a female-led Marvel movie. “Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
Whedon has always had a history of directing strong female characters such as Buffy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and River Tam from Firefly. He didn’t fumble Black Widow’s arc pretty badly in Age of Ultron, however. Still, he’d be a great candidate to take on a new female-driven Marvel property such as a Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel film. I’d prefer a female voice and director shoot the film, considering Marvel’s lack of women behind the chair (which is supposed to change with the upcoming Captain Marvel), but it would be hard to complain if Whedon returned.
I wouldn’t expect Whedon to come back to Marvel anytime soon, but it’s good to hear there’s no bad blood between him and the studio. Considering how many superhero movies are getting put into production, who knows, maybe Whedon resurfaces again eventually for Marvel.