Joss Whedon, writer and director of The Avengers, promises there will be more female superheroes in his films.
The Avengers director Joss Whedon has been very vocal about female superheroes in his movies, and has noticed a lack of them so far. He is pushing to change that, and has already set the ball rolling with his blockbuster debut Avengers film in 2012. This probably isn’t surprising considering his previous outings in video entertainment such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien Resurrection, and Angel, all of which had female leads.
As previously reported in The Inquisitr, Joss Whedon had planned to introduce miniature heroine The Wasp in the initial Avengers film if Scarlett Johansson hadn’t agreed to play the role of the Black Widow. He was bound and determined to have at least one female in the group.
In the second go-around, Joss Whedon has announced his plans to include the children of Magneto, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, in the story. This sparked some rivalry with 20th Century Fox over the use of mutants, but as long as he never mentions them being mutants, he’s free to use them.
Nothing is known of how he plans to use these two characters, but Joss Whedon has said that women in his films will never just be decorations, “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. And I’ve got some people in mind. Marvel’s got some great characters, so why not draw on them.”
Of course, Joss Whedon hasn’t been the only one to use strong female superheroes. Storm, Rogue, and Jean Grey from the X-Men series were notably prominent in those films, and Elektra even had her own movie after Jennifer Garner shared the spotlight with Ben Affleck in Daredevil.
Joss Whedon’s plans will expand in future films as he possibly brings The Wasp in alongside Ant Man in The Avengers 3, but that’s a ways into the future yet.
What do you think of Joss Whedon promising more female superheroes to come? Is it about time male characters stopped hogging the spotlight?
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