Joss Whedon Talks Avengers, Puts the Kibosh on the Wasp

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Joss Whedon hasn’t said much about his upcoming “The Avengers”, but he’s begun to open up, which is good news for the Interwebs and its legions of fanboys. Specifically, Whedon tells The Sunday Herald-Sun (via Moviehole) that the Black Widow (aka Scarlett Johansson) will indeed be the only female Avenger on the roster in his movie, though that doesn’t mean there can’t be other females in the cast. Well, that goes without saying, right? They just won’t be suiting up to fight supervillains, that’s all.

Basically: forget all those rumors of The Wasp (Eva Longoria or no) showing up. And if the Wasp isn’t showing up, does that mean no Giant-Man, either?

Whedon goes on to say a little bit about the storyline he has planned for the big-budget Marvel super team:

It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it. There is no one Avengers story that you can just do the way that you can do the origin of Spider-Man. You really have to cull from the original and The Ultimates, which is one of The Avengers titles.

I’m still thinking The Hulk as the villain in the first movie, leading to the Skrulls showing up in the sequel. Some storylines I’ve heard had the Skrulls manipulating the Hulk on his rampage, and once their manipulation is discovered, leading to an all-out war between the Skrulls and Avengers in the sequel. That could be fun. Expensive as hell, but really, really fun.

“The Avengers”, starring Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L.Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo, assembles in the Summer of 2012.

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  • ULIK

    Hey Nix, According to Comicbookmovie.com, that’s NOT what Whedon said. He said “There will only be ONE female Avenger,but not the only female character”. Black Widow is a “S.H.I.E.L.D” agent and more than likely thats all she’ll be in this 1st Avengers movie,she will be a S.H.I.E.L.D agent again in the Avengers(more than likely)working alongside Jeremy Renner as “Hawkeye” as S.H.I.E.L.D agents only FOR NOW. Whedon used very cryptic language when he said that. So its more plausible that Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym will be S.H.I.E.L.D scientists and will become official Avengers at the middle or end of the movie. In the “Ultimates” Janet and Hank were just THAT S.H.I.E.L.D scientists who became official Avengers but were there from the beginning and in the Marvel “616” Universe,they were ABSOLUTE founding members of The Avengers,so it would make absolutely NO sense to make Black Widow an or Hawkeye Avengers before Hank and Janet.Sorry

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Hulk should be the reason the Avenegrs are first put into action but I think Ultron should be the main villain. Ultron rules.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Dude again you’re relying too much on comic lore and continutiy. This is the movie universe. they can put whoeber they want on the team first. I mean look at X-men (I know that’s Fox), but for a better example look at Marvel’s all-ages Avengers Comic “Marvel Adventures: The Avengers.” That team is a crazy mix of people. Started with Hulk, Giant Woman, Iron Man, Invisible Woman, Storm, Wolverine and Spidey. or something like that. My point is as long as they do justice to the characters I don’t care if how they get on the team matches any previous incarnation. This is just one more, like “Ultimates” was or a cartoon would do.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I think you’re way overthinking it. Likewise with CBM.

  • ULIK

    I understand what you guys are saying you guys have points but I hope that those two characters make into the 1st movie. If they don’t then hey I’ll still be there to watch it but I’ll just be disappointed.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t be in it, they definitely should. Just saying that it doesn’t have to be the way it was in the comics. Hawkeye on the actual team before Pym or Wasp works as he’s already an expert marksman, and doesn’t need the suit or pym particles or whatever to be of use ot the team, where as Pym and Wasp need to geth their abilities.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    Wasp, giantman and miss Marvel have to be in it, Whedon doesn’t know what the fans want

    • Catchthis5437

      Speak for yourself. Those three characters are ridiculous.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    Wasp, giantman and miss Marvel have to be in it, Whedon doesn’t know what the fans want

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I agree thath Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne should show up, and maybe even make mention of their shrinking or growing esperiments, but there’s already enough on the table without introducing new heroes. I’d say at the most let them join in the final battle with their new abilities and become full memebers at the end. As for Ms. Marvel, she’s a great character but adding her in would be too much right now. Swap out Black Widow or something in the second film and have her get her powers trying to help Captain Marvel during a Kree/Skrull war on Earth or something.

  • Boofman

    ironfist and ulik are right. you other kids are wrong. it’s not a question of opinion or taste. it’s just the fact, if giant man and the wasp are not in the movie as avengers, it will dissapoint 90% of the people who read comics from the early days. It’s not an opinion. your vote doesn’t count. you probobly read your first comic sometime in 2000. really, you should know your vote doesn’t count, but you don’t know. you suck.