You gotta love the San Diego Comic-Con. The UK based publication Digital Spy got just enough time with not just to ask him the essential questions (whether Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would feature in The Avengers sequel, for example) but also the less-zeitgeisty-but-equally-interesting questions. Namely, which female superheroes he’d like to see on the big screen. Whedon’s been pushing for superheroines on screen for a some time now. He previously described his frustration with the issue to The Daily Beast:
'Toymakers will tell you they won't sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can't be done. It's stupid, and I'm hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It's frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: 'If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'
He also shared his reason for having such a passion for female representation in the world of superheroes: his mom.
"I was raised by a hardcore feminist. I was also much smaller than my brothers and bullied a lot, so I identify with the feeling of helplessness,"
At the Comic Con, he went into a little more detail as to which superheroines he’d like to see on screen:
'Unfortunately, most of them are in the X-Men so Fox has the rights to all of them! I kind of have a thing for Tigra; I'm not gonna lie. I remember being an adolescent boy going, 'She's furry, but that should be gross and it's kind of not. That's hot!"'
He goes on to discuss the Wasp and Captain (Ms) Marvel and it's definitely worth a watch. Check it out below: