by Brett White
Collider has posted a new, lengthy interview with Joss Whedon from this week’s Saturn Awards (where “Avengers” picked up a few trophies). The Marvel mastermind talks about pretty much everything you would want him to talk about, from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to “Avengers 2.” Most notably, he touches on a subject that I just wrote about yesterday. Female superheroes. And how we need more of them on the big screen.
When asked if more heroic women were heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss responded with a resounding “YES.” See? All caps means resounding!
“I do try to make sure that the women in the movies aren’t window dressing, that they have something to say and something to do,” says Whedon. “And I’ve got some people in mind. Marvel’s got some great characters, so why not draw on them.” Joss is, of course, totally right about Marvel having some great female characters. I previously picked five that are ready for the big time.
Joss has previously talked about the upsetting lack of female action heroes before, most recently in an interview with the Daily Beast.
“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.'”
Whedon also talked about “Guardians of the Galaxy” and his initial skepticism.
“It seemed out there to me too. It came from Kevin [Feige] and I sort of went ’I don’t know about this.’ Then they brought on James Gunn, and as soon as they said James, the movie started to make sense to me in a away that it hadn’t. I was like, ’Oh this isn’t a guy that’s gonna chase Star Wars, he’s gonna make a James Gunn movie.’ And James’ first thing was, ’Oh I love Rocket, it’s all the raccoon.’ People were like, ’Really, a raccoon?’ He was like, ’The raccoon is the heart’. And knowing that, I felt very safe.”
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