‘Avengers’ Helmsman Blames Sexism for Lack of Female-Centered Superhero Films

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
‘Avengers’ Helmsman Blames Sexism for Lack of Female-Centered Superhero Films

The creative visionaire and current “Avengers” franchise helmsman, Joss Whedon, speaks his mind in light of having way too few women-centered superhero movies and putting the blame on misogyny and sexism. Read on to know more about this scoop.

Joss Whedon has long been hailed for the films he managed to bolster into the big screens, and originally, he wanted to push forward the “Wonder Woman” film before he went on board for Marvel’s “The Avengers.” With the director unbiased about which is the stronger sex (when comparing men and women on a superhero level), he finally offers his opinion that the reason for the lack of having women-centric superhero films is because of good old fashion sexism.


Based on Screen Rant’s feature, director Joss Whedon made the comment about sexism months before Marvel and Warner Bros. set the release dates for their respective upcoming women-starred superhero films. He clearly admitted and vented his frustrations as to why studios are refusing to create a superhero movie with a female lead. As per Whedon’s take on the matter,

“It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’. There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago’… there’s always an excuse,” Whedon told Digital Spy.

The Box Office helmsman even divulged that Marvel Studios has enough properties to make a change in the massive male superhero trend and could possibly aim to do transcendent wonders in the film making industry. He stated.

“Marvel is in a position of making a statement simply by making [a female-led] movie, which I think would be a good thing to do… But it has to be a good movie, it has to be a good character, and most of the best characters in Marvel are owned by Fox, let’s face it!” Whedon added.

Looking at his track record, Whedon has always been the unbiased one with the way he exemplified women with strength in many of his creative mediums. He is, after all, the reason behind Black Widow being one of the fan-favorite female leads of “The Avengers,” thanks to his active, badass depiction of her all throughout the film. Not to mention that he is also the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse,” two mediums with female leads.

Digesting his comments, could there be a possible shift in the concentration of superhero films once “Wonder Woman” hits theaters on June 23, 2017 and “Captain Marvel” arriving on July 6, 2018?

Whedon’s upcoming Box Office “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will open in theaters this May 1, 2015.

That concludes our scoop regarding Joss Whedon’s slam against sexism and misogyny. Continue to visit Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news on upcoming films, popular celebrities and ongoing TV shows.

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