Joss Whedon is a bit of a touchy subject for Marvel fans these days. Although the writer/director has built up quite the following over the years with his work on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and his second venture into feature filming making with The Avengers proved to be a massive hit, most fans are still unwilling to look past his take on Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. When the film premiered back in 2015, fans wasted no time expressing their disdain for Whedon’s take on Black Widow, stating that they felt he’d completely written her out of character in the Avengers sequel. Most of the issue came about from her relationship with the Hulk. Not only were fans frustrated at Whedon’s decision to pair the two characters up, but many also found issue with the scene between them at Hawkeye’s house. Needless to say, when you mention Whedon and Black Widow in the same sentence these days, it’s bound to elicit strong reactions.
Yet, Whedon, who left Twitter shortly after the extreme backlash from Age of Ultron, seems ready to jump back into the character’s world. While at SDCC this weekend, he was asked by the folks over at IGN if he’d be into directing a solo film for the character if given the chance, to which he replied with an enthusiastic “duh”.
“If someone pointed at me and said, ‘Do you want to do a Black Widow movie?’, the answer would be ‘Duh!’” Whedon said.
Of course, that isn’t entirely surprising. Whedon has always been vocal of his love of Black Widow, often citing the character as his favorite while still working at Marvel. For him, the fact that Widow is “very earthbound” is a major draw.
“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,” Whedon said. “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.”
As of right now, although Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has continually shown support for a Black Widow film, there are no plans for the character to lead her own film anytime soon. For now, you can catch Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, which will hit home video later this year.