Joss Whedon Teases Possible New Female Heroes And Being Jealous Of Guardians Of The Galaxy
Last night the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films held the annual Saturn Awards. Many of the nerd world’s best and brightest were on hand to take part in the festivities and walk the red carpet. Nerd king Joss Whedon was there and spent a few minutes talking to the folks over at Collider about his work at Marvel as well as some of his other side projects. The secretive director dodged questions with his usual wit and charm (exclaiming ‘Thor dies!‘ at one point), but he did offer up a few interesting nuggets of information.
You can watch the interview in its entirety below, but two answers are worth highlighting. First off, Whedon was asked about his tendency to write strong female characters in all of his works and if he had gotten the chance to add any new female characters or heroes into future Marvel flicks. It seems he may have gotten at least one into an upcoming film:
Yes! I pretty much… I do try to make sure the women in the movies aren’t window dressing and that they have something to say and do. I have some people in mind. Marvel, they’ve got some great characters so why not draw on them?
Hands down the most anticipated film in Phase 2 is James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn is a great director, but Guardians is shaping up to be a wild and crazy movie that will either be a crowing achievement or Marvel‘s Green Lantern. All signs are pointing to crowing achievement so far, but the film is a big risk. Whedon wasn’t initially sold on the idea when Kevin Feige announced it would be one of Marvel‘s next movies, but Gunn was able to make Whedon pretty jealous over the past few months:
It seemed out there for me to. It came from Kevin. I sort of went ‘I don’t know about this.’ Then they brought on James. As soon as they said ‘James’ the movie started to make sense to me that it hadn’t. This isn’t a guy that’s going to chase Star Wars, he’s going to make a James Gunn movie. James first thing was ‘I love Rocket. It’s all the raccoon.’ People were like ‘really, a raccoon?’ He said the raccoon was the heart. Knowing that I felt it was very safe. I was there before they started production and seeing all the designs and stuff, I got very jealous. I was like ‘why can’t I make this movie?’ I really did a 180 on that one.
Whedon can definitely present strong females, so hopefully he had a hand in some more of Marvel‘s ladies coming to the big screen other than the previously announced Scarlet Witch. There have been numerous rumors about Captain/Ms. Marvel appearing in a future movie, but only time will tell if Whedon influenced her inclusion and helps her to make the leap to the big screen. And if Whedon is sold on Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s probably a safe bet that it’s going to be pretty good. Rocket Raccoon is going to be hard to pull off on film, but if anyone can do it it’s James Gunn. What do you think about Whedon‘s comments?
Source : Collider