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Joss Whedon talks about story and women in The Avengers

08.23.2010

It's still almost two years away from hitting screens, but that's just plenty of time for us to discuss and speculate on Marvel's massive hero collaboration, THE AVENGERS.

While on a visit to Australia, writer-director Joss Whedon addressed the team's shortage of female members, with Scarlett Johansson's bodysuited bonebreaker Black Widow providing those curves. "It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger," Whedon admits. "But she will not be the only female character."

While this could mean a potential appearance from one of the ladies in the other Marvel Universe movies (and you can toss out a surprise appearance by the Wasp), my guess is something more along the lines of Nick Fury's right-hand man at SHIELD actually being a right-hand woman. Whatever the case, the guy behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" certainly isn't likely to give the shaft to the fairer sex. So to speak.

Whedon also talks about how he took the salad bar approach to concocting the assemblage of Avengers: "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."

Extra Tidbit: I just hope the villain is M.O.D.O.K.
Source: Moviehole.net

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3:09AM on 08/25/2010

Here's the key factor folks...

...Whedon knows EXACTLY how to handle ensemble casts. 'nuff said.
...Whedon knows EXACTLY how to handle ensemble casts. 'nuff said.
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11:41PM on 08/24/2010
Not sure if I'm ok with Ruffalo as the Hulk.
Not sure if I'm ok with Ruffalo as the Hulk.
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8:40PM on 08/24/2010

I'm Sorry

I wasn't paying attention. I was looking at ScarJo's breasts.
I wasn't paying attention. I was looking at ScarJo's breasts.
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4:39PM on 08/24/2010
Wait - there's not going to be a Wasp character?

How can you make an Avengers movie without Ant-man/Giant-man and Wasp?

All you have to do to make this movie work is film what was already laid out in The Ultimates Vol 1, honestly - why are they pussyfooting around with this?
Wait - there's not going to be a Wasp character?

How can you make an Avengers movie without Ant-man/Giant-man and Wasp?

All you have to do to make this movie work is film what was already laid out in The Ultimates Vol 1, honestly - why are they pussyfooting around with this?
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1:09PM on 08/24/2010

summer glau?

the reason she is underworked is bc she sucks, she killed firefly, remember how hard it was to believe she was thi sbad ass, then you saw her bad choreographed fights and it ruined everything. But really who cares, this movie will be bad enough with Whedon.
the reason she is underworked is bc she sucks, she killed firefly, remember how hard it was to believe she was thi sbad ass, then you saw her bad choreographed fights and it ruined everything. But really who cares, this movie will be bad enough with Whedon.
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12:23PM on 08/24/2010
Women in The Avengers? Fine by me.

I assume Pepper Potts is going to be in the movie as well as Black Widow.
Women in The Avengers? Fine by me.

I assume Pepper Potts is going to be in the movie as well as Black Widow.
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12:21PM on 08/24/2010

Summer Glau

she should be added to the cast. she is one of the best and most underworked actress out there.
she should be added to the cast. she is one of the best and most underworked actress out there.
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4:44AM on 08/24/2010

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really? for the first film they already have enough characters. story feige. let the actors breathe feige. no new tweenie girls that talk like they are on buffy or firefly(love that show). got that feige and whedon?! that sounds like nice cookie/candy bar: Feigewhedon.

story feige.., whedon hits spacially with good story and lives off of bad dialogue that the ridiculous celebrate. story. not toy story. no blue gloves.., purple gloves and they should be on a Hawkeye character that
really? for the first film they already have enough characters. story feige. let the actors breathe feige. no new tweenie girls that talk like they are on buffy or firefly(love that show). got that feige and whedon?! that sounds like nice cookie/candy bar: Feigewhedon.

story feige.., whedon hits spacially with good story and lives off of bad dialogue that the ridiculous celebrate. story. not toy story. no blue gloves.., purple gloves and they should be on a Hawkeye character that actually does something! wasp might be a sequel idea, along with ant-man and they should really try to cast beyond the realm of bad television and horrific rom-coms whilst trying to cast her(wasp).

"Hey you gonna' eat the last of your Feigewhedon?"

once again, we've got enough avengers to write a quality script about that translates to the screen per the setup over the last few marvel films.., oh wait yeah that Norton stuff still burns.., at this point Justin Bartha is a much better Banner than Ruffalo(who is one of my favourite actors, just not a Banner)physically. what do i know though?!
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3:51AM on 08/24/2010
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3:32AM on 08/24/2010

Phew...

He name dropped "The Ultimates", if his film is half as good as the first two volumes of that comic it will be amazing!
He name dropped "The Ultimates", if his film is half as good as the first two volumes of that comic it will be amazing!
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4:20AM on 08/24/2010
Amen brotha! I couldn't have said it better myself! That's my favorite comic.
Amen brotha! I couldn't have said it better myself! That's my favorite comic.
2:04AM on 08/24/2010
I've got Pepper being another female character, but they'll have to introduce a new one at the same time. And I hope the villains are Thanos and Loki.
I've got Pepper being another female character, but they'll have to introduce a new one at the same time. And I hope the villains are Thanos and Loki.
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1:04AM on 08/24/2010

Here's hoping that Scarlett takes part in the most important Joss Whedon staple...

Female Nudity...For Feminism!!!
Female Nudity...For Feminism!!!
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12:17AM on 08/24/2010
As long as the new guy Hawkeye gets his moment where he can kick ass, then I'll be happy. Renner needs to shine here.
As long as the new guy Hawkeye gets his moment where he can kick ass, then I'll be happy. Renner needs to shine here.
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8:16AM on 08/24/2010
Whedon seems to have an appreciation of comics and know what fans would want (being one himself). I think we're all going to be treated well with this one.
Whedon seems to have an appreciation of comics and know what fans would want (being one himself). I think we're all going to be treated well with this one.
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12:11AM on 08/24/2010
Give me Thanos please
Give me Thanos please
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12:03AM on 08/24/2010
sounds like a strong case for Maria Hill
sounds like a strong case for Maria Hill
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4:22AM on 08/24/2010
Maria Hill would be a great character to include. The interaction between her, Tony Stark and Captain America is dynamite in the comics when it's well done.
Maria Hill would be a great character to include. The interaction between her, Tony Stark and Captain America is dynamite in the comics when it's well done.
4:52AM on 08/24/2010
i prefer her to wasp in the first installment; this will get a sequel even if it's gi joe/transformers grade.
i prefer her to wasp in the first installment; this will get a sequel even if it's gi joe/transformers grade.
11:45PM on 08/23/2010
I'm guessing Hulk will be the villian for the first part of the film, until he joins the avengers to fight a new villian. Also, I'd be up for Paltrow and Portman cameos in this film. Maybe even Liv Tyler, but after replacing Norton I doubt that will happen.
I'm guessing Hulk will be the villian for the first part of the film, until he joins the avengers to fight a new villian. Also, I'd be up for Paltrow and Portman cameos in this film. Maybe even Liv Tyler, but after replacing Norton I doubt that will happen.
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4:55AM on 08/24/2010
sorry but portman would have made wasp!
sorry but portman would have made wasp!
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