Mary Elizabeth Winstead Would ‘Love’ To Work With Joss Whedon

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 8:03 am,

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The rumors are still fresh naming Mary Elizabeth Winstead as one of Marvel’s top choices to play S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Sharon Carter (AKA Agent 13) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it’s not the first time she’s been on Marvel’s radar. After being one of the few young actresses in the running for Nick Fury’s second-in-command Maria Hill, Winstead has spoken about what might have been, and why it never came to pass.

The role eventually went to Cobie Smulders, but in the intervening years, Winstead has amassed an interesting mix of big-budget and indie films. While the idea of signing on to a multi-picture deal (which would certainly be the case if cast as Agent 13) isn’t what fuels her choice of roles, the right director or writer could change all that.

Speaking to MovieLine about her role in the Sundance sensation Smashed, Winstead was asked about the number of blockbuster franchises to which she has apparently been attached. Her comments show that while hordes of young actors and actresses may be lining up to snag a role in any upcoming Marvel film, fame and red carpets aren’t everything:

“Yeah, I mean, it’s funny, because some of those roles — well, the majority of them, I was just plain passed over for them [Laughs] — but some of them I actually chose not to do as well because I don’t really just want to be the blockbuster star, and I don’t necessarily want to sign onto seven films in a role that I’m not really passionate about. That’s actually happened several times as well, where in the news it sort of seems like, ‘Oh, she lost the part,’ but in reality, it just falls apart in the negotiation process and you realize that this isn’t really something I’m passionate enough about to agree to ‘X, X, and X,’ and sign the contract on. [Laughs]

“So that’s happened a bunch, too. Because I do really want to do films like this. That’s the majority of stuff I want to do. But unfortunately, you don’t get paid to do films like this! [Laughs] You get enough to go to a nice dinner. That’s basically the money that you get paid. So you do have to think about your career and making a living and how you’re going to do that.”

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Those aren’t exactly the kind of sentiments that comic book fans will love to hear, especially up against actors and actresses who at times appear willing to do anything to join the current roster of Marvel’s heroes, both human and alien. Some might think that her comments make an appearance in Captain America 2 extremely unlikely, if not flat-out debunked.

But her interest in roles that tell strong stories – while still paying the bills – doesn’t automatically rule out a Marvel gig. It’s even more likely, now that Marvel’s put Joss Whedon in charge of their universe:

“Going forward, I would love to work with directors like Rian Johnson and Joss Whedon; people like that who are doing big films but do have really independent voices. That’s kind of what I want to focus on, is always working with people with at least an independent point of view, even if it’s not an independent film.”

Winstead’s comments show how far a great director can go in drawing top talent. Joss Whedon’s track record is sure to attract talent with serious nerd credentials, and his history of writing strong female roles could work wonders in convincing actresses that ‘superhero movies’ can actually be socially relevant.

Whedon won’t be directing any other Marvel films besides Avengers 2 (at this point), but his role as overseer of Marvel’s ‘Phase Two’ means that a bad story or insulting female role isn’t likely to be found. Should Winstead, or any other actors and actresses for that matter, have doubts about putting on spandex or armor and pretending to fly, a sit-down with Joss Whedon could go a long way.

We’ll see if Winstead can be convinced to take on larger projects starting with The Winter Soldier, but if she doesn’t, there are plenty more willing to take the role.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4th, 2014.


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Source: Movie Line

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  1. Strikes me Winstead has her head screwed on straight.
    Why commit to seven films particularly if the money
    is not that good which is true of Marvel films.

    Personally I think there will be only one more
    standalone Captain America movie which means
    she could indeed be cast with no multi-film demand.

    • Not sure how much they were paid, but RDJ got a 50 MILLION dollar bonus after the Avengers, IDK about you, but I would say that is a lot of money, at least for me.

      Don’t know how much each actor got, but I wouldn’t think it would be a good amount. I wouldn’t complain about being paid that amount of money, besides, these people have agents, agents that try to get more money for their clients. Then again, maybe since I live in a small town, maybe $50 is not that much anymore?… IDK?

      • RDJ is the only one who made a lot of money.
        Most got strictly ordinary money as she mentioned
        so it is not smart to make an extraordinary commitment.

        • True, RDJ was one of the only actors with ‘star power’ in the entirety of Phase One. I remember Chris Evans saying before he was cast how apprehensive he was about signing a multi-picture deal. I can’t remember if it was 9-picture or multi-picture with an average pay of $900,000, but either one gets Robert Palmar’s point across.

          Unless you’re and established star that will put butts in seats, the sad truth (which could be rapidly changing) is that almost as many people will go to see anyone as the comic book character.

          • I am either the poorest guy here, or $900,000 per movie is not a lot of money. Lets see, $900,000 X 9 = $8,100,000…

            And here I was, thinking that was lots of money. I should be ashamed of thinking that $8,100,000 was a lot of money. Sorry guys, my value of money has once again let me down.

            • Brandon, your sarcastic remarks further showcases your ignorance. Nobody is disputing that 900,000 isn’t a lot of money. However when take that amount and put it into perspective against what other people are making doing the same thing, then no 900,000 isn’t a lot of money. Try looking at things from a point of view other than yours and maybe it will make more sense.

              Lets say you are making 1 million dollar picking up trash, it’s great money until you find out the other garbage man they just hired is making $10 million, picking up the same trash. How does your 1 million look at that point?

              • That 1 million looks just fine to me. It’s still 1 million!

        • RDJ waived a large fee for a share of the profits, much like Alec Guinness did for “Star Wars”, and made an absolute fortune.

        • RDJ and Marvel both agreed to a share of the profits. Chris Evans and every other person involved could have done the same thing.

          • Not necessarily RDJ commanded star power and after iron man he had a hatrick of 100 million dollar movies whilst Evans was struggling and Hemsworth was a newbie

      • He didn’t get 50 mill. Goodness. Some people believe everything they read. Even the rubbish.

    • I’m not going to say that wanting to get paid what you think you deserve is wrong but the way she said it makes her seem so out of touch with reality.

      “But unfortunately, you don’t get paid to do films like this! [Laughs] You get enough to go to a nice dinner. That’s basically the money that you get paid. So you do have to think about your career and making a living and how you’re going to do that.”

      SAG rates require minimally she would get half a million for the budget of this film and the scale of the role. So saying that she would get only enough to go out to a nice dinner and that she can’t make a living is ridiculous and makes it sound like she has no understanding of the value of money. If she said something like

      “Marvel isn’t willing to pay me my quote and as much as I’d like to do the film I can’t risk devaluing myself this early in my career because then everybody will want me to act for less then my quote.”

      Then she’d have a leg to stand on.

      • I think she’s talking about Smashed not a Marvel movie.

        • ““But unfortunately, you don’t get paid to do films like this! [Laughs] You get enough to go to a nice dinner. That’s basically the money that you get paid. So you do have to think about your career and making a living and how you’re going to do that.”
          –I’m fairly sure when she said that, she was talking about the indy films she does, not the big budget roles.
          She turned down Marvel because she wasn’t passionate about the character and didn’t want to commit to 6 or 7 films.

  2. I love this actress, hot and a good actress, it would be a very good thing for her to be in one of these movies, if not Agent 13, maybe (fingers crossed) Ms. Marvel? Bit of a stretch, but I wouldn’t mind seeing her in that outfit ;)

    • Haha agreed, she’s got the acting skills and despite her looks has stayed away from…..’teen’ movies to earn actual acclaim. Now if only we can get Ben Kendrick beating the drum for Elizabeth Olsen to jump on board.

  3. Oh man I think tis is a guud idea it reads so smooth with my peanut butter. I have a brain cause I know it’s a good thing oh yes I do.

    • I can’t tell if you’re high, or if I’m high and just reading everything wrong…

  4. Nah…she just doesn’t wanna show us what a s***** actress she is.

    You don’t fame and fans? That must be just some b-grade actor says to himslef to make himself feel better.

  5. Not to be rude but calling surfing and Indie voice is false. he is a television powerhouse with 2 Films neither of which are near and independent film. now Rian Johnson is pure independent

    • Whedon not surfing

      • I think she meant he has an indie mindset that isn’t like the big Hollywood blockbuster directors (ie cares about the story and characters more than the cheap thrills that will guarantee lots of money)

        • Avengers was 95% visual entertainment with team banter humor. that isn’t a indie mindsight serenity is more indie like.

            • Good point.

  6. She was Royal Pain in Sky High, just wanted to throw that out there.

    • Thought she looked familiar (haven’t really wanted to watch Scott Pilgrim, didn’t look that good and I haven’t seen last year’s Thing movie yet).

      The only things I liked about Sky High were Kurt Russell and Bruce Campbell.

  7. why not have her to play Jessica Jones

  8. Again really want Winstead as Mary Jane

    • Lol. They really got themselves into trouble. They need to find an actress MORE hip than Emma Stone if MJ is going to stand out as a viable alternative. I agree that Winstead could fit the bill.

      I hope the rumor about Shailene Woodley is bunk. She doesn’t look anything like MJ… plus she’s ten years younger than Andrew Garfield. It’s kinda creepy.

    • That’s actually not a bad idea. But don’t you think she’s a little more mature compared to Andrew Garfield?

      • Winstead is a year younger than Andrew Garfield. Or do you mean Garfield is immature for his age?

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    • But will your roomate’s step-aunt commit to a 6 movie deal?

      • +3 for that one Aknot… ;-)

  10. I’d really like to see Winstead as Sharon Carter. She’s better than all the other actresses named as likely choices.
    I think that they should just bring Hayley Atwell back, but since it seems that they’re, Winstead would do just fine.
    I absolutely wouldn’t want Anna Kendrick. She’s a deal-breaker for me.