Joss Whedon admits he was harsh on Marvel and is open to directing Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

Joss Whedon recently talked about how “stupid people” were afraid to move forward with a female superhero movie because of “sexism” and “quiet misogyny.” Of course this got the nerd community sounding off. Now he wants to clarify his statement, since he said it sounded harsh, especially since Marvel Studios is doing a Captain Marvel film featuring Carol Danvers. (His comment was taken during last summer and was recently released by Digital Spy this week.)

“I just thought, I sounded very harsh,” Whedon told Buzzfeed. “And then [Marvel announced], ‘We’re going to make Captain Marvel. We’re going to make Black Panther. We’re going to shake it up.’ I was just like, great! Now I just sound mean and bitter. But, you know, there’s a lot to be mean and bitter about.”

Whedon is known for his love of strong female characters. Does that mean he would be down to direct Captain Marvel for Marvel Studios?

“Um, I would never rule anything out, because I like working here. 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.”

Whedon reveals why he wouldn’t want to do a Captain Marvel film.

“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.”

Marvel was able to turn an obscure title into a blockbuster hit with Guardians of the Galaxy. This was definitely a factor in helping Marvel push other lesser known characters onto the big screen.

“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.”

I doubt we’ll see him do a Captain Marvel film, since he’s been aching to work on a project that he’s created. Would you like to see Joss Whedon direct Captain Marvel?

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