By far, The Avengers is my favorite Marvel Studios movie, and I attribute much of that to the involvement of Joss Whedon, the director of Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog and more. And while Avengers: Age of Ultron had its flaws, there was enough substance and great character development that it became a solid addition to the MCU. But after Whedon and Marvel Studios butted heads over the plot details of Age of Ultron — to the point where there were threats of cutting the farm scenes altogether if the Thor vision sequences were not included — it seemed that Whedon was done working on Marvel properties.
Despite this, an interview with The Wrap tells a very different story. When asked about whether or not Whedon would consider returning for another Avengers or Marvel related film, he responded,
“Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
This makes a lot of sense, considering the style and intimate character work that is standard for his TV shows and movies. The conversation clearly leaned in a more female-centric direction, one that I’d love to see a lot more of. Considering the love and care he put into Black Widow as the only female founding Avenger, Buffy as a strong female lead and many of his other original characters, it’s clear he has the ability to do figures like Captain Marvel justice.
Speaking of which, Whedon mentioned in reference to the upcoming Captain Marvel movie:
“Kevin Feige fought a mighty fight to get her on the schedule. So it’s a start. You could say that should be a middle, but it’s a start.”
So with Marvel making steps of their own towards better female representation and Whedon’s penchant for writing scripts that accentuate this, I feel like a project like this could one day produce a particularly good film, especially considering it wouldn’t be steeped in as much continuity expectation as Age of Ultron was.