Though you can get this year’s smash hit ‘The Avengers’ on Blu-ray and DVD to enjoy it in the comforts of your home, you can’t exactly invite the director over to chat about it when you’re done. That’s why earlier this week Joss Whedon attended a screening of his film featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood to chat with Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine and the rest of the crowd in attendance.
According to /Film, during the post-screening discussion, Whedon mentioned a draft of the film that was very “Wasp-y”. During a time when it was unsure that Scarlett Johansson would be appearing in the film, Whedon said that he wrote a draft of the script where he replaced Black Widow with The Wasp, Janet Van Dyne. It’s no secret that Whedon is a fan of the character, so it’s really no surprise that he went ahead and wrote her. But in the end, as the director himself says, “it was way too Wasp-y. Cause I was like, ‘She’s adorable! I’m just gonna write her!’” Also, ScarJo ended up committing and the rest is history.
Whedon also teased that there was meant to be another villain in ‘The Avengers’ fighting in the trenches with Loki. Technically, there was another villain in the movie in the form of Thanos, but he was only in one scene. Regardless, Whedon shared that he fought to keep that other villain from his original draft in the film because he felt that one villain, despite having an alien army, couldn’t be enough to warrant the assembling of The Avengers. He said, “It took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit.’” When pressed as to who this physical match for the team was, he kept tight-lipped and said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.”Kang the Conqueror
My first thought was that Whedon pitted the Avengers against Galactus, but not only is the character not available for Marvel Studios to use in their films, the devourer of worlds would be too much of a threat. My second thought was Kang the Conqueror and the more I think about it, the more likely it could be. /Film took Whedon’s comments to mean that it’s a villain appearing in Phase Two, so they speculate that it was Malekith the Accursed or Kurse, both of whom will appear in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, because of their connection to Loki, but I’m guessing that he would’ve gone bigger.
Maybe I’m right and it is Kang and Whedon’s being so tight-lipped to throw everyone off because that’s exactly who the villain is in ‘The Avengers 2’ rather than Thanos. I’m purely speculating of course, but there’s a chance that I could be right.
What do you think? Which villain do you think Joss Whedon had in his original script for ‘The Avengers’? Share your theories in the comment section!