When you make two of the biggest, most successful and ambitious blockbusters in cinematic history, it’s only natural to take a little bit of time off. Ever since conquering the box-office and popular culture with The Avengers in 2012 and Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, we’ve not heard much from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Joss Whedon. But this past weekend, Whedon broke his silence by talking to The Wrap about his next project.
“It is a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable s***. And that much is all I can say. It is an original screenplay that is very different from everything I’ve ever done except for that it’s exactly the same.
Whedon said he hopes to finish the script in the next couple months “if I could just get a little more traction on that third-act issue. It’s the first time in my life I’m writing without a sort of studio audience rating — without a plan. I’m just writing about something I care about, so it’s a little terrifying and it’s taking a little longer. But I think it will be good!”
Despite Whedon’s more humble origins on the small screen as well his work on smaller, independent ventures (he filmed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing whilst on a 12-day vacation during the post-production process of The Avengers in his house with friends), he now has a massive, Marvel Studios-shaped shadow looming over him. So, naturally, The Wrap asked him whether or not he’d return to the MCU and direct a female-led movie. And Whedon, being Whedon, continued to tease.
“Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
Now before you get excited, Joss Whedon is not going to direct the upcoming Captain Marvel movie currently slated for March 8, 2019; however, a director and casting announcement is expected very soon. But Whedon did sing praises to producer Kevin Feige for putting her on the release schedule.
“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.”
Images: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Comics & 20th Century Fox Television