BySean Erickson, writer at
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Sean Erickson

There've been some rumors flying around that Joss Whedon could be moving from one wing of the Mouse House compound to another. Seeing as both Marvel and Star Wars are being run by Disney nowadays, it is an appealing thought that might have a bit more traction to it than just the usual wish fulfilment speculation.

Could it happen? Sure, it doesn't seem that far fetched - insider scoop-happy folks like Latino Review are mentioning that the folks at Disney are still in love with Joss Whedon even after he's been busy burning some bridges with Marvel as his contract there comes to a close. Whedon has proven, after years of television work and hired-gun screenwriting, he's a master at the kind of thoughtful blockbuster that could meld brilliantly with the Star Wars series.

What could happen when Whedon meets Leia?
What could happen when Whedon meets Leia?

Will it happen? While not far fetched, it isn't the most likely of scenarios. Joss Whedon did recently bow out from Twitter to focus on writing something - just as Josh Trank and Star Wars parted ways on the Boba Fett movie. But that second Anthology picture already has a writer in the form of Simon Kinberg. As far as Episode IX goes, that's a long shot that is a long, long ways away and will probably need to see a pass happen from both JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson before it goes to anyone else. But most importantly, it was clear that Joss Whedon was absolutely knackered after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and what someone who was just left exhausted by one huge movie usually doesn't do is go jump aboard an arguably even more massive undertaking.

But this unabashed Joss Whedon fan still would love to see him take on the world of Star Wars and here are the top 7 reasons why...

7. Alien: Ressurection

What? This can't possibly be a reason to want Joss Whedon to step into a beloved franchise, could it? Well, if you've read the original script for Alien 4, it is a perfect sign of why Joss Whedon is always so much better when he's allowed to direct his own script. Joss Whedon's Alien 4 script is a perfect example of Whedon knowing a franchise inside and out and putting an exciting and unique spin on someone else's world.

6. Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods.
Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods.

There's a strong hint in Cabin in the Woods of what Joss Whedon could be capable of if he's given free reign to make a original story with a sizeable budget. Cabin in the Woods has enough cool ideas for an entire trilogy wrapped up in one movie. Co-written with Drew Goddard, the movie shows that there is no shortage of ideas when it comes to taking on a genre and having the most fun possible with it. It also shows that Joss Whedon is a master when it comes to knowing every detail and trope that genre movies traffic in and he can trun each and every one of them on its head. Want someone to make science fiction and the world of Star Wars seem exciting and new?

5. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Joss Whedon's co-creation Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Joss Whedon's co-creation Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Could there be another reason that Star Wars is courting Joss Whedon? After all, television would seem to be Whedon's first love, and Star Wars has been threatening to make a live-action television series for so many years now it's hard to keep track. When Joss Whedon co-created Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, it was the first show of its kind to exist in a shared universe that crossed over from movies to television. If this is the kind of thing the Star Wars universe is thinking of, who better than Joss Whedon?

4. Much Ado About Nothing

The result of a regular diner party event at Joss Whedon's house where guests take part in reciting Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing shows how great Joss Whedon can be at directing actors through some of the trickiest dialog there is. The Star Wars movies look like they're getting away from George Lucas' stuffy politics-heavy exposition from the prequel trilogy - but if anyone can get lively performances from actors with Shakespearean levels of information to impart, Joss Whedon can.

3. Firefly & Serenity

The crew of Joss Whedon's Firefly.
The crew of Joss Whedon's Firefly.

Let's start at the most obvious reason why Joss Whedon's take on Star Wars would kick all kinds of booty - Firefly. With the ill-fated series, Whedon proved that when it comes to "space cowboys", or smugglers or bounty hunters, he's a master of the genre. Star Wars is looking like it's going straight back to those early stories in the Anthology series with Rogue One and the Boba Fett origin story - who better to spin a tale of charming, roguish ne'er do wells getting in over their heads while evading authorities than the guy who brought us "The Train Job".

2. The Avengers

Joss Whedon doesn't just create his own memorable characters and worlds - he's shows that he can create definitive versions of other people's characters as well. In his comic book writing work, he penned one of the best X-Men stories with the first 24 issues of Astonishing X-Men. But that was just an impressive start for Joss Whedon with Marvel - as his writing and directing of The Avengers showed how his sensibility can completely honor beloved characters and worlds that aren't his own. Of course, this is exactly what Star Wars would be looking for in a writer and director.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon's Buffy Summers.
Joss Whedon's Buffy Summers.

[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) is shaping up to be a very female forward story with all signs pointing to Daisy Ridley's Rey as being the next big thing when it comes to a powerful Jedi. And then there's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One being centered on Felicity Jones' character. So looking at the future of Star Wars with Joss Whedon, who rewrote the book on focusing on strong female characters in genre shows on TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, makes a whole lot of sense.


What do you think? Should Star Wars bring Joss Whedon on board?


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