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.



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  • Bloog

    You already know the movie is going to be strong on the lame side.. then again, they could pull it out. there is a lot of pull to the lameside of things. But this story sounded good, hulk then the skrulls, that would be cool. or ultron, that would be cool too. I’m thinking they need wonderman. It shouldn’t be a group of well understood members, it should be a team of awe. The movie is strong on the lame side. who wants black widow in the movie? no one except the executives who want to hand her a fat paycheck. they’ll be cooler when they do. that’s so lame. but if the movie stands on it’s own, for the art of it, well, black widow is just not a cameo. you need something reminisent of giant size annual awesome. not black latex sexy. you need smiling ultron. The comic feel is going to be so lacking. it’s not even going to be there. The thing is, they should not copy the feel of Iron Man. they did the movie so well but it should not be a template. I really have no idea why black widow is in there. why? The thing is, you know the story is now revolving around the actor, not the comic. It’s not about nick fury, it’s about the actor. They should have a shield movie, that could work. and be totally stand alone. They could really make the character tangent.