More From Louis D’Esposito On Marvel One-Shots And Female Superhero Movies
We’ve been hearing a lot the past few days about Marvel possibly working on a female-led superhero movie. Louis D’Esposito, Marvel’s Co-President and director of Item 47 and the soon to be released Agent Carter, has been the one person talking about the possibility the most. While out promoting Agent Carter and the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray/DVD release, the director of the one-shots talked a little more about the future of the short films and how it’s time for a female superhero to get their own movie.
Speaking with the good folks at Collider, D’Esposito answers one thing fans have been asking about since the shorts first started happening- will they be shown in front of Marvel movies? The director says it is a real possibility, but they have to figure out how to make it work. Executive Producer Brad Winderbaum steps in as well to explain what has to happen for the shorts to be shown in front of a feature film:
WINDERBAUM: The first thing we’ll have to do is determine the right length. At 15 minutes with credits, it’s a question of how much is too much, in front of a feature. Pixar does five to eight minutes long.
D’ESPOSITO: Maybe soon we’ll test one and see. Maybe we’ll even test Agent Carter. We can go to one movie theater and put it at the beginning and see how fans like it. These are things we’re thinking of, but it is a question of length and what people will sit for. I guess, if it’s great, they’ll sit through anything, right?
I’d definitely sit an extra 15 minutes to see an original Marvel short, and I know a lot of fans would as well. D’Esposito also confirms that we haven’t seen the last of Agent Peggy Carter. Whether it be another short, a film of her own, or something else entirely, we’ll be seeing Cap’s former love interest again.
In another interview with IGN, the one-shot director talked a little more about a possible female-led movie. We’ve heard a lot from D’Esposito lately about the possibility, but he says the timing has to be right and it has to fit with Marvel’s overall plans:
What we do is we develop our shorts different than our film slate. We obviously have attacked the most popular characters first with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man. Those are the stories we’ve been telling first. We do have strong female characters in the Marvel world: Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hayley Atwell, on and on…Maria Hill. So there’s nothing consciously saying don’t do it, we’re just developing what seems natural and organic to the Marvel process. There’s a drumbeat that’s starting to bang that says world, Marvel, guys, we want a female…especially after Comic-Con. We had screeners there and they said they want a female lead! I said OK, I’ll bring it. I think it has to happen organically and naturally. When it does we’ll make that film. I think it’s a great first step [referring to Agent Carter].
When asked what female heroes come up when the Marvel folks start talking about a possible female-led film, D’Esposito says it’s usually people like Peggy Carter, Black Widow, and also Captain Marvel or Ms. Marvel. D’Esposito brings up Marvel’s female Captain a lot. He says a film with her “would be great to do.” He went on further to say she’s a great who could make a great film because “It’s always great when they’re set in a man’s world and they overcome those obstacles that are in their way and really shine.” You can see a little more from Marvel’s Co-President in the video below. He also touches on the race between Marvel and WB/DC to be the first to make a female-led movie. What do you think about D’Esposito’s comments? Do you think we’re getting a lot closer to a female superhero movie?