[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Do Revenge,” now streaming on Netflix.]
Ever since her film debut in 2019 with “Someone Great,” Jennifer Kaytin Robinson has been determined to tell stories about “complicated and messy” women, even in the MCU.
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Robinson, whose latest film “Do Revenge” is now streaming on Netflix, co-wrote “Thor: Love and Thunder” with director Taika Waititi, while also writing and directing the ’90s-inspired independent film starring Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes as Eleanor. . and Drea, two “fucked-up TaskRabbits” seeking revenge for the horrors of high school. The ensemble cast, which includes Austin Abrams, Sophie Turner, Ava Capri, Maia Reficco, Paris Berelc, Talia Ryder, Jonathan Daviss, Rish Shah, and Alisha Boe, even dubbed themselves the “Avengers” with a special nod to the “Avengers.” “from Marvel.
While Robinson was especially focused on writing Valkyrie’s (Tessa Thompson) story for “Love and Thunder,” the “Hawkeye” consulting producer hasn’t ruled out directing her own standalone Marvel movie one day.
“I would love to direct a big movie like Marvel or DC, but I think for me, it’s about the stories that I connect with,” Robinson told IndieWire. “I don’t necessarily think of it in terms of big or small movies. I’ve approached writing ‘Unpregnant’ the same way I’ve approached writing ‘Thor,’ and it’s just looking at a story. What is emotionally true about this? Who are these characters? What is real for these characters? And how do you make it the most entertaining kind of package you can do?
Robinson continued, “So for me, it’s really more about continuing to tell stories about women and capturing complicated, messy, emotional stories that can live in elevated worlds. That’s what I like the most and if that comes in the form of a $200 million Marvel movie, awesome. If that comes in the form of a $5 million Blumhouse movie, awesome too. I love doing things and feeling that I can do a good job is what matters to me.”
And Robinson hopes Netflix hasn’t ruled out a “Do Revenge” sequel just yet, either, with the ode to late ’90s high school drama drawing comparisons to “Clueless,” “Cruel Intentions” and other contemporary classics.
“I’ll tell you this is my idea for the sequel,” Robinson shared, when asked if a “Do Revenge” cinematic universe is on the rise. “Tell me what you think: I think the sequel should be ‘Two Revenge’ and it’s about Sophie Turner coming for Drea and Eleanor.”
Co-star Hawke had her own sequel idea in mind, calling it “Thelma & Louise” again, especially after Drea and Eleanor headed off into the sunset together at the end of “Do Revenge.”
“It would be fun to see Drea and Eleanor do a movie about a road trip,” Hawke joked. “They are just graduating from high school. Many kids tour Europe after graduating from high school. I think it would be like a European tour, a roadtrip movie after high school, and they just get into trouble wherever they go.”
“Do Revenge” is now streaming on Netflix.
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