Could Joss Whedon Direct Captain Marvel?

Ryan Leston
·UK Movies Writer

Although ‘Captain Marvel’ is a long way off, it looks as though Joss Whedon may be up for directing Marvel’s first female-led film.

After his recent comments about the lack of female superheroes, it looks as though Joss Whedon may be interested in directing the upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’. But would he be the right guy for the job? Or should Marvel follow DC’s example and turn to a female director?

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During an interview with Buzzfeed, the director who brought The Avengers to our screens revealed that directing ‘Captain Marvel’ is a possibility…

“I would never rule anything out,” he said. “Because I like working here. By the same token, the biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself. It’s been way too long since I created a universe.”

Of course, Whedon is generally lauded for his portrayal of strong female characters, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Black Widow from the Avengers. And it looks as though he is interested in creating a strong female hero in some form.

“I will say that when I was thinking about, ‘Well, if I wasn’t going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do?’ — of course the first thing I thought of was turn-of-the-century female Batman. Not Batman actually… But, you know, something cool.”

But what about Captain Marvel?

“Captain Marvel I don’t know as well [as other comic books],” he said. “There have been a few [versions] of her. I have the first issue of Ms. Marvel, back when she was that, and had the Farrah hair. My only issue with her is that she always felt sort of on top. She was very driven. A winner. I always like to dig into the soil of things to find my heroes, if I can.”

Obviously, that’s not to say he wouldn’t want to tackle her on the big screen… and if he can find a way of digging into the issues surround Captain Marvel, I’m sure Marvel Studios could convince him to stick around for the project.

But the bigger question is – should they?

There’s been a lot of press recently when it comes to female superhero movies… and the lack of female directors in the film business. Of course, DC recently hired Michelle MacLaren to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen. And from a short-list of several female directors, it seemed as though they were trying to make a point.

But let’s not forget that Joss Whedon himself was working on a Wonder Woman movie. So while there may be some pressure for Marvel to turn towards a female director, it’s possible that Whedon could be the ideal candidate… especially considering his history with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But with Whedon behind the project, I get the feeling that ‘Captain Marvel’ could do rather well. Let’s just hope they get the right man or woman in the end.

‘Captain Marvel’ heads to cinemas on 6 July 2018.

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