Joss Whedon Would Return to Marvel for a Black Widow Movie

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 5:26PM
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 5:26PM
Joss Whedon Would Return to Marvel for a Black Widow Movie
Joss Whedon was famously burnt out by directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, to the point that when he said he would never direct another Marvel movie, we all pretty much believed him. But as it turns out, there's one character who could bring him out of Marvel retirement, and it just so happens to be the one that most fans want to get her own movie: Black Widow.

Speaking with IGN at San Diego Comic Con (via Heroic Hollywood), Whedon said he'd be willing to return to the MCU for the chance to direct Scarlett Johansson in a Black Widow solo movie:
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"I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound, so it's the kind of action that I got to do less of with somebody like Thor or The Vision. When you get into your 'Superman' territory it's harder to maintain the gritty action that the Russo brothers do so brilliantly and she's got that kind of thing and [you can] really do a spy thriller. Like really do a good, paranoid, 'John le Carré on crack' sort of thing. That would be really fun."
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Honestly, there's no reason this shouldn't be in the works already. While I would personally rather see a Scarlet Witch movie, Johansson has proven herself to be a reliable box office pull, considering that she was just named the highest-grossing actress of all time. Between that and the love for the character (a recent poll showed that 48% of fans want a solo movie for Black Widow more than any other character, while our own poll showed 39%), this is a no-brainer.

And if Joss Whedon directed it, that would be even more attractive. Not only does he have all the Avengers cred, before he became a Marvel director he was known for writing some of the most iconic heroines in sci-fi (Buffy, River Tam, etc). Kevin Feige has continued to waffle on the idea of a Black Widow movie time and time again, but hopefully Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman will open the door to this and other female-led projects.

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