It certainly has been a while since we’ve last heard from the Avengers: Age of Ultron director, and many have wondered just what is next for the man who brought the likes of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man together on the silver screen. Well, ponder no longer. It looks like the man himself has filled us in on his next possible project.
In a recent interview with Complex, The Star Wars universe came up and when Whedon was asked if he’d like to take a crack at another franchise movie set in a galaxy, far, far away, he gave this response:
I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.
In fact, the idea of Whedon directing a Star Wars film is not that out of the ordinary. Whedon had previously entertained the idea of directing Star Wars: Episode VII, but eventually it would be his Avengers: Age of Ultron hectic schedule that would stifle those plans.
It’s no secret that Whedon was welcoming to the idea of a much needed hiatus after his very public struggles with his Avengers sequel endeavor. One can’t help but think how perfect this franchise transition would be for the powerhouse director. There’s also the glaring fact that Disney owns not only Marvel but Lucasfilm and the entire Star Wars franchise. It wouldn’t be odd at all to slide him back into the directors chair to take a crack at any of the plethora of spinoff films that are out there.
For now though, Whedon seems quite content working on other non-Star Wars, non-Marvel projects. In the same interview, he teased a new movie he was working on. “I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about,” he revealed. “It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written.” And he might even want to create his own original cinematic universe someday. “[T]he biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself,” he said last year. “It’s been way too long since I created a universe.”
Well maybe if we’re lucky, Mr. Whedon can find it in his heart to make one more stop on that Disney train before he creates that new universe he mentioned. May the force be with him.