Joss Whedon Wants More Women Avengers

Posted Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 08:00 pm GMT -4 by

Last week, after ‘The Avengers’ had only been in theaters domestically for one weekend, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a sequel for the moneymaking Marvel mash-up movie was in development. However, no word on who would be helming the film accompanied the news. We can only hope that Joss Whedon comes back at this point, and if he does, he’s looking to bring more ladies to the party.

The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Firefly’, and ‘Dollhouse’ creator is no stranger to strong, sexy, and sassy female characters, and he’s looking to bring more of his trademark character style to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a roundtable interview with Entertainment Weekly that included the director and his super team in its entirety, Whedon had this to say about female-led action flicks:

“Studios will tell you: A woman cannot headline an action movie. After ‘The Hunger Games’ they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it’s done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it’s changing.”

As Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, points out in the interview, the first time you see her character, she’s getting punched in the face. Then she proceeds to take down a group of thugs single-handedly. Things like this are exactly why Marvel Studios needs to keep Joss Whedon around to helm ‘Avengers 2’. Just like he changed the public perception of superhero movies, he can change the perception of women in action movies as well.

So what needs to happen before Whedon gets his way with more lady Avengers? Well, firstly, they need to sign him on to direct officially. Then, Marvel would need to introduce more of their female heroes in ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Thor 2’, ‘Captain America 2’, and the rest of Marvel Studios’ phase two slate of movies. Sure, the world has already seen The Invisible Girl, the ladies of the X-Men, Elektra, and a few more, but all those are at different studios and off limits to the world of ‘The Avengers’ for now.

Now, this is the part where we ask for audience participation. EW weighed in and said that Scarlet Witch, Moondragon, Hellcat, and Mantis might make good additions to the team. In previous articles, I said that the Wasp, She-Hulk, and Miss Marvel could easily be inserted into the MCU. But what do you think? Which of Marvel’s femme fatales would you like to see on the big screen in the next few years? Maybe Agent Sharon Carter, a frequent collaborator of Captain America’s? Or Rescue, the armored alter ego of Pepper Potts? Or Hawkeye’s wife, Mockingbird? Let’s hear your suggestions in the comments!

  • JasonMBowles

    The Wasp, The Wasp, The Wasp.  The end!  But if others are an option, CAPTAIN Marvel (not Ms. anymore), Scarlet Witch (with Quicksilver), Photon, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman and Mockingbird.  Since Thanos is obviously part of the sequel, Mantis and Moondragon are also viable candidates.  Also, Hellcat and Valkyrie, unless Marvel decides to do a Defenders movie, in which case they should ve saved for that.

    • Also since Thanos is in it, maybe we’ll see Mistress Death as well so that all the ladies aren’t just on the heroes’ side.

  • AnOutsider

    On a side note, weren’t we supposed to see cap America on a date in this movie? Or did that get cut?

    • What I heard was that the scene was in the script but it was dropped. Whether it was ever filmed, I can’t say. If it was filmed, I sure hope it’s in the special features on the DVD/Blu-ray release.

      • Janice Kay

        I believe it got dropped or cut because of pacing issues.

  • Crazycanuck_18

    Sharon Carter can definitely get introduced in Cap 2, and Rescue in Iron Man 3. I wonder if they can introduce Spiderwoman in the new Spiderman for this as well? And if the Ruffalo Hulk gets his crack at a solo, there’s She-Hulk. And…I guess Valkyrie could be introduced in Thor 2. Not sure what other “solo” movies Marvel has lined up that are coming out before an Avengers 2 that can introduce other possible female marvel chars that have a history of an avengers connection anywhere, heh.

    • All good except for Spider-Woman. The Spider-Man character is licensed to Sony so, until Marvel gets the rights to the character back, the Spider-Man universe can’t cross-over with that of The Avengers.

      • Zekk_Jedi_Knight

        Spider-Woman, is NOT a support character of Spider-Man, so no she’s not owned by anyone but Marvel :)

  • Rit

    Ms. Marvel for sure! Avengers will need another powerhouse to take Thanos. If women are on the menu, Ms. Marvel would be my first pick. She Hulk might end up being cheesy because she talks. Computerized talking green woman might not work as well as a raging green Hulk. Just saying….

  • Billyj1138

    Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are mutants nd I believe that makes hem X-related and out. Mantis, Moondragon and Phylla-Vel are Cosmic characters and may be being held back in anticipation of a Guardians of the Galaxy film. Spider-woman would be awesome, but isnt there lays talk of a Jessica Drew tv series? I think that leaves Ms. Marvel as a front runner and a solid choice, as well as Mockingbird, Wasp, and Sharon Carter. Valkyrie could be neat, but he’s not as strong character wise as the others..

    • Crazycanuck_18

      Dunno about mutants being out. Is that a copyright thing? Wolverine’s been running with the Avengers lately.

      And…Valkyrie’s actually been given something of a boost characterwise by Marvel lately. Probably their best treated superheroine over the last year. tbh, I think they’re trying to add her to their list of relatively few prominent heroines, especially since she does have one of the easier to understand storylines and background. Problem would be getting an actress, I imagine, coz Ms Marvel is already gonna be somewhat hard at 5’11…Valkyrie stands at like…6’3 or 6’4, so you need an actress taller than everyone but Thor.

    • Zekk_Jedi_Knight

      Actually the proposed tv show was for Jessica Jones, so it’d have been like the superpowered PI version of Rizzoli & Isles, with superhero guest stars (Ms M, Luke Cage, Ant-Man…) and no co-star, I really wish they’d gone ahead and made that :(
      Also there was talk of a Mockingbird show on ABC Family, that’d show her as a genius kid recruited by SHIELD while in High School (something the CIA actually does) so that’d have been Alias meets Covert Affairs in all likelihood, but again set in the MCU. Sad that it doesn’t look like we’ll get either

  • Kitt

    I would LOVE to see Pepper suit up as Rescue. Enough of the sidelines, she’s an amazing character and deserves her own superhero status. ;-)

  • Frank

    Wasp definitely, Avengers continuity demands that she be one of the firsts.
    Ms. Marvel will be an easy one. If Marvel is taking to the galactic side of things; then a Captain Marvel movie could bring her front and center.
    Its unfortunate that Scarlet Witch is owned by Fox because she’s the next one I’d want, but I think, with Wanda not an option right now, the She-Hulk is the next appropriate female character.

    • bsilverio20

      Actually, Kevin Feige said they can use Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as long as they don’t allude to their history with the X-men. It would be weird, but they could technically use them.

  • Salvatore

    It’s Ms. Marvel not Miss, bro.

    • ME24601

      She’s Captain Marvel now.

  • JasonMBowles

    There’s a rumor that Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, which will lead into Avengers. Crossing my fingers! Also, I hope Charlize Theron is game to play her!

  • Pimplestiltskin

    I’d like to see Big Bertha from the Great Lakes Avengers. Sadly, I can only see a monster like Gabourey Sidibe playing her, and the pigment doesn’t quite align.