Joss Whedon Talks Avengers, Puts the Kibosh on the Wasp

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.