‘Avengers’ director Joss Whedon would consider returning to Marvel to direct a female-led film

The New Yorker has said he'd be tempted to come back to Marvel - under one condition

The Avengers director Joss Whedon has said that he would consider returning to the film’s production company, Marvel, if they committed to making a female-led film.

Whedon, who stepped away from the Marvel universe after completing last year’s Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, had told an Oxford University audience back in January that he had no plans to continue the working relationship with the studio. “I made a completely clean break – not because we [Whedon and Marvel] had a falling out – just because I was like, ‘I can’t…’,” he said. “If I was still there going, ‘Well, here are my thoughts on this film’, I’d be there every day.”

However, when asked by The Wrap about how the notion of a female-fronted film might affect his future involvement with Marvel, Whedon was upbeat about the resumption of the working relationship.

“Yeah, of course,” he replied when asked if he’d be interested in directing a female-driven Avengers franchise. “Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”

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Whedon won’t be directing the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, however – the film, which is set to be the first female superhero-fronted movie to come out of the comic book’s cinematic universe, will not be overseen by the 51-year-old when it arrives in 2019.

The director has confirmed, however, that he is working on an original screenplay that’s “very different from everything I’ve ever done, except for that it’s exactly the same.” Confirming that “it’s a story about a girl who goes through some unbelievable shit,” Whedon said “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!”