Why Joss Whedon wants to direct Marvel's Black Widow solo movie

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Jul 26, 2016, 2:06 PM EDT

Director Joss Whedon may have said “bye bye” to Marvel when Avengers: Age of Ultron wrapped and the press rounds ended, but he’s more than willing to return in the director’s seat for Marvel’s planned Black Widow movie.

Speaking to IGN (via Den of Geek) during this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con about Marvel and Kevin Feige’s plans to make a Black Widow comic book movie following the end of phase three (that'd be in 2019), the Buffy creator has expressed more than a passing interest in directing Scarlett Johansson in what would be the former Russian assassin and Avenger’s first solo outing.

“If somebody pointed to me and said, ‘you want to make a Black Widow movie?’ the answer would be ‘Duh.’ For two reasons: I think that character really is very interesting and very earthbound and so it’s the kind of action that I got to do less of with somebody like Thor or The Vision. When you get into your Superman territory it’s harder to maintain that sort of gritty action that the Russo brothers do so beautifully. And she’s got that kind of thing…and really do a spy thriller, really do a good, paranoid sort of John LeCarré on crack sort of thing. Also, Scarlett Johansson is just delightful. She works really hard, but she just spends most of her time cracking me up, so it would be a fun shoot.”

Of course, this is no official confirmation that Whedon will indeed direct the superhero film when/if Marvel finally decides to slate it for phase four after the events of Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (May 3, 2019). Heck, it’s not even confirmation that they’re talking. But after the superhero movie fatigue Whedon suffered after Age of Ultron, it’s great to know he’s definitely interested in returning to the Marvel fold if he’s handed the reins to Black Widow.

What do you think? Do you believe a Black Widow movie would be in the right hands if Joss Whedon were at the helm?

(via Den of Geek)