Joss Whedon has always been known for writing and directing movies that feature female characters in lead roles – which would seem to make him the ideal man to take on the upcoming Captain Marvel. But would he do it?
“Um, I would never rule anything out, because I like working here”, he told Buzzfeed. “[But] 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.”
“Captain Marvel, I don’t know as well,” Whedon confessed. “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.”
Whedon also spoke out about the “quite misogyny” within Marvel, and believes it was James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy that turned the tide on Marvel pulling the trigger on a Captain Marvel movie more than anything else.
“Honestly, you know, Guardians [of the Galaxy] might have helped it,” Whedon stated. “Just because that was outside what was considered to be their box and did so well that— Well, let’s put it this way: If a raccoon can carry a movie, then they believe maybe even a woman can.”