Joss Whedon talks female superheroes

And speculates as to Robert Downey Jr.'s future

Having recently announced that Scarlet Witch will be among the new characters included in The Avengers 2, Joss Whedon has been talking about the general lack of female superheroes on the big screen.

"Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough," says Whedon, "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 favourite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, 'Yeah, of course they were.'"

Meanwhile, Whedon has also commented on Robert Downey Jr.'s future within the Marvel universe, claiming that he has every intention of including him in Avengers 2.

“He is Iron Man," says Whedon. "He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. "

"I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can."

The Avengers 2 will open in the UK on 1 May 2015.

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