It’s exciting to see Hollywood finally embracing female superheroics with the excellent-looking Wonder Woman and the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel, but you can’t help but feel for those who struggled through the less-enlightened times. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow still hasn’t had her own movie, and Joss Whedon walked away from Marvel frustrated after fighting in vain for more women in his Avengers flicks. Both Johansson and Whedon have to be looking at the new slate of female-led superhero movies with a twinge of jealousy, but what if they were to team up to take advantage of the new lady superhero-friendly conditions?
Well, IGN recently asked Whedon if he’d be interested in directing a Black Widow solo movie, and it definitely sounds like the man behind Buffy and The Avengers would be down…
“If somebody pointed to me and said, ‘You want to make a Black Widow movie?’ the answer would be ‘Duh.’
I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound and so it’s the kind of action that I got to do less of with somebody like Thor or The Vision. When you get into your Superman territory it’s harder to maintain that sort of gritty action that the Russo brothers do so beautifully. I’d really do a spy thriller, really do a good, paranoid sort of John LeCarré on crack sort of thing. Also, Scarlett Johansson is just delightful. She works really hard, but she just spends most of her time cracking me up, so it would be a fun shoot.”
Considering the fact Marvel has said they’re now “creatively and emotionally committed” to doing a Black Widow movie, this may be more than idle talk on Whedon’s part. Whedon left Avengers: Age of Ultron feeling frustrated and “beaten down,” but has said he’d consider returning for a female-led Marvel project. I’d be surprised if some sort of wheels aren’t turning.
Would you be interested in a Whedon-directed Black Widow movie? His Avengers movies had their flaws, but perhaps a somewhat smaller, more “earthbound” Black Widow film would play more to his strengths. Especially if Black Widow ends up fighting vampires.
(via IGN on YouTube)