Joss Whedon Discusses AVENGERS 2. Hints That A Female Superhero Will Likely Join The Team

Whedon is no stranger to strong female characters and drops hints that he would like another female hero to join Black Widow in Avengers 2.

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By Mark Julian - 5/14/2012
Speaking to EW, Whedon briefly touched on expanding The Avengers roster in the inevitable sequel, and while his answers were given in typical Whedon humor,it definitely pointed towards a female hero. As you may have noticed, Black Widow was outnumbered 5 to 1 [ or 7 to 2 if you count the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents]. Widow actress Scarlett Johansson backed up Whedon while Samuel Jackson made hilarious reference to The Pro [a super-powered female prostitute]. Given Whedon's pedigree I'd say it's very likely indeed that we'll see more women on the team and in terms of options, the leading candidates would presumably be The Wasp, Ms. Marvel, or Scarlet Witch, who can be used as long as there's no mention of mutants, Magneto or the X-Men. Perhaps Whedon and Feige will add Mockingbird and have a love triangle with Hawkeye and Widow? Of course, this all means nothing if Whedon doesn't return for a sequel. There's currently no deal in place for him to helm another Marvel film.

There's more at EW, including more from Samuel Jackson on the merits of The Pro.



Avengers Assembled


Art by Mike Mayhew.



The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers was released in the United States on May 4, 2012 in 2D and 3D.









Running Time: 2 hrs 23minutes
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)



Source: EW via io9
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MrReese - 5/14/2012, 6:28 AM
They cant have Wasp with out Hank so Im going with Ms Marvel XD
JordanKing - 5/14/2012, 6:34 AM
Out of those 3 in particular, I'm hoping for Ms.Marvel. A perfect addition if they plan to go all cosmic on us by Avengers 2.
PartyHard - 5/14/2012, 6:35 AM
I'm sick of your love of GRRRRRRL POWER Joss.
RunDTC - 5/14/2012, 6:35 AM
Ms. Marvel FTW!
kevberg - 5/14/2012, 6:37 AM
Im sick of PartyHard...........and that idiot ANDREW WK.
Wildaniel - 5/14/2012, 6:38 AM
JDUKE25 - 5/14/2012, 6:43 AM
If it's Ms. Marvel they would have to have a movie for her before Avengers 2. It's not like she's just a top agent like Hawkeye or Black Widow
JDUKE25 - 5/14/2012, 6:47 AM
Maybe Sharon Carter? Then have her and Cap start a little sumthin sumthin.

thalidomide - 5/14/2012, 6:59 AM
Ms. Marvel
jj72 - 5/14/2012, 7:12 AM
The only reason I would say Spider Woman is to piss off Sony!
Darkknightman - 5/14/2012, 7:14 AM
Get together with Sony and discuss getting Spiderman into the next Avengers film. That will ensure the movie a gross of one trillion dollars. Make it so.
MrReese - 5/14/2012, 7:16 AM
SmellofDuty - 5/14/2012, 7:18 AM
If they'd make an AntMan movie already then it's be Wasp. Ms.Marvel is the best bet.
DanteSparda - 5/14/2012, 7:21 AM
I hope is Ms. Marvel, but she would need to be introduced in her own movie first, therefore introducing Captain Marvel and the Kree empire and conveniently expanding Marvel movies cosmic universe.
Guerillas - 5/14/2012, 7:24 AM
I think Sharon Carter and Ms. Marvel. bring in some kree stuff!
Comedian666 - 5/14/2012, 7:25 AM
If they are going to do Thanos, then they would have to introduce Moondragon. Moondragon and Drax the Destroyer...
dnno1 - 5/14/2012, 7:26 AM
Sounds like it's going to be Ms. Marvel, but from the way the Hulk was so popular in the film, you'd think that She-Hulk would be getting a shot.

Kayo - 5/14/2012, 7:28 AM
MY VOTE GOES TO MOCKINGBIRD
Ha1frican - 5/14/2012, 7:28 AM
Seeingas Ant-Man seem closer than ever I'm betting Wasp
CrowPirate1 - 5/14/2012, 7:28 AM
I am thinking it will be Wasp and her hubby
HavocPrime - 5/14/2012, 7:30 AM
Reckon Ms Marvel, that and I bet it was that waitress you kept seeing in the battle as she appeared for too many times to just be a random extra.
Rulk - 5/14/2012, 7:34 AM
Gotta be Wasp..
MarkJulian - 5/14/2012, 7:38 AM
I'm sure you guys all know but the actress who portrayed the waitress was Ashley Johnson who played Chrissy Seaver on Gowing Pains
VinzClortho - 5/14/2012, 7:42 AM
I'll have none of them!
7166charlie - 5/14/2012, 7:42 AM
i think that waitress is going to be something defo she was on screen a little to much to be random in my opinion.
Booter - 5/14/2012, 7:43 AM
I know Marvel has a gift for hiring great directors whom they don't have to give huge paychecks, but since the Avengers has made $1B+ I hope they'll step up and pay Whedon whatever it takes for the sequel!
dahamma - 5/14/2012, 7:46 AM
Ms Marvel would be awesome. In her Black suit of course.

I think That should be the max out for the team. Too many people would make the team cluttered. I actually would be happy if they kept the same people for the sequels with cameos from other heroes. Because after watching Avengers they seemed like the PERFECT super hero team.

Above all things, I HOPE and Pray Joss Whedon comes back for a sequel! Im convinced that he is the only man for the job!
blvdnoise - 5/14/2012, 7:46 AM
@Dnno Nahh, She-Hulk for Hulk's next solo outing.. I say Wasp, but we'll most likey see someone else.. If only CrowPirate could be right though.. So much win!!
shiftysharp - 5/14/2012, 7:46 AM
hows about firestar?
she was an avenger after all!
DudeLove721 - 5/14/2012, 7:48 AM
I could've sworn I read Whedon say in an interview somewhere that Marvel had an option for him to direct a sequel to The Avengers. It figures I can't remember where though. :P
marvel72 - 5/14/2012, 7:48 AM
1st ms.marvel
2nd wasp
3rd scarlett witch
Fogs - 5/14/2012, 7:50 AM
Ms Marvel. Hands down.
RunDTC - 5/14/2012, 7:50 AM
@MarkJulian: I recognized her immediatly. I used to love that show.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 5/14/2012, 7:50 AM
As much as I like Ms. Marvel, it makes sense to bring in Wasp or Scarlet Witch in first. It's the order it happened in both the 616 and Ultimate universes. Would like to see Captain Mar-vell before Ms. Marvel shows up. Especially since it looks like we might be having Thanos as the villain in Avengers2. @SuperArgo, it's not desperation for DC to put out a JL movie, more like now they see that a shared cinematic universe can work, and the right formula to make it work. Whichever company puts out the CBM, as long as it's successful we all win.
RunDTC - 5/14/2012, 7:52 AM
Avengers 2 dream line-up:
Captain America
Iron Man
Thor
Hulk
Black Widow
Hawkeye
Ms. Marvel (Diane Kruger)
Mockingbird (Rachel McAdams)
Black Panther (Egi Gathegi)
Moon Knight (Karl Urban)
ScabbyJ - 5/14/2012, 7:52 AM
I can't see Marvel Studios making a movie called Ms. Marvel and including it in. I don't know much about the character besides my friend in elementary school saying that she had a fling w/ Wolverine. I think its like DC making a movie called Dr.DC.
ScabbyJ - 5/14/2012, 7:55 AM
Plus, I'm not sexist or gay, but Black Widow as is got WAY too much screen time, as did Maria Hill.
DanteSparda - 5/14/2012, 7:56 AM
@SuperArgo

Well, indeed Warner Bros. will be desperate to doing that now that they lost the Harry Potter series.

It's such a waste that DC and WB have all the film rights to their characters and can do a Justice League film with all the DC characters they want but nowdays they can't manage to launch a successful CB movie that isn't about Batman.

In the other hand, even with the success of their movies Marvel will kill for the chance to introduce characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine to the Avengers, it's such a unfair world...
Colorist - 5/14/2012, 8:08 AM
My money's on the Wasp; the Scarlet Witch is a mutant, and I think Fox has her sewn up with the X-Men franchise, along with all the other mutants.
GingerBird - 5/14/2012, 8:09 AM
Avengers 2? What garbage.
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