Joss Whedon “pissed off” at lack of female superheros & question mark over Downey Jr. for future Marvel films





Joss Whedon

To say that Marvel’s The Avengers was a success is a total understatement, after raking in over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide. With the production of The Avengers 2 due to commence early next year, fans will not be able to contain their excitement for the next out of this world superhero blockbuster!!

With writer/director Joss Whedon back at the helm for The Avengers 2, Whedon has been having a grumble over the lack of female superheros in cinema, and I have to agree. Scarlett Johansson , as the Black Widow in The Avengers, brought a kick-ass heroine to the forefront of a film pretty much made up of only male superheros, and she damn well stood her own!!

Speaking to the Daily Beast, Whedon said, “Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: ‘If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'”

And with Whedon confirming that the character Scarlet Witch will be appearing in The Avengers 2, alongside her twin, Quicksilver, at least he’s going some way to bring dominant female superheros to the forefront!

Plus, Whedon has also talked about the possibility of Robert Downey Jr. not signing up for more Marvel films, and if this is the case, Whedon has no intention of making The Avengers 2, without Downey Jr in the role of Iron Man.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can. The day he was cast, I went up to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige and said, ‘You brilliant son of a bitch.'”

So there you have it, all I can say is watch this space.

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