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Marvel Phase Two rumor: will a future Avenger make her debut in Iron Man 3?

Nov. 14, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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SPOILERS.

Joss Whedon has already said that he plans to introduce more women into Marvel's cinematic roster over the course of Phase Two, because 1) he's Joss Whedon and 2) women are severely under-represented on the cinematic superhero front.  I remember reading an Entertainment Weekly interview with Whedon back when THE AVENGERS was first about to release, and he was asked why he kept writing strong female characters into his work.  He responded with something along the lines of "because you have to keep asking me that question." 

To which I grinned and thought "touche," because he is sadly right.  But if today's rumor is true, the change he has spoken about enacting may already be well on its way to fruition.  French actress Stephanie Szostak (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, R.I.P.D.) joined IRON MAN 3 a ways back, but her exact role was never specified.  Since then, two "inside sources" have contributed to the rumor mill surrounding her presence, one source simply saying that "fans will go crazy" over who she is playing while the other outright stating that she is none other than Janet van Dyne, aka the woman who eventually becomes the Avenger known to readers as Wasp.

While I doubt we'd see Szostak in costume if this rumor turns out to be true, there are still plenty of movies left between IRON MAN 3 and THE AVENGERS 2 in 2015 in which we might see van Dyne become the true heroine fans of the comics know her to be.  I'm thinking ANT-MAN specifically, as Henry Pym and van Dyne are connected on many levels and would provide a fascinating and human dynamic to the greater team relationship in AVENGERS 2.  I'm seeing shades of SERENITY and "Firefly" here, and I like it.  I like it a lot. 

But what about you?

Stephani Szostak Iron Man 3 trailer still

This is a still from the IRON MAN 3 trailer featuring Szostak and Downey Jr.

Stephani Szostak in grey shirt on couch

And this is a picture featuring Szostak by herself, because... because yeah.

Extra Tidbit: I just had a moment of clarity where I realized just how massive the Marvel cinematic universe will be by the time Phase Three finishes. The sheer amount of interconnected movies boggles my mind.

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5:56AM on 11/16/2012
Is... is Tony Stark wearing Marty McFly's jacket in that picture?
Is... is Tony Stark wearing Marty McFly's jacket in that picture?
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6:17AM on 11/15/2012
What's great about all this is that we are actually discussing comic characters making an appearance in big budget films! I mean this whole Marvel/Disney combo is really exciting. We can see anyone! Vision, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Ms Marvel - bring em all on! But slowly as to not ruin the characters by just having one second appearances.
What's great about all this is that we are actually discussing comic characters making an appearance in big budget films! I mean this whole Marvel/Disney combo is really exciting. We can see anyone! Vision, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Ms Marvel - bring em all on! But slowly as to not ruin the characters by just having one second appearances.
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9:42PM on 11/14/2012
I thought Ant-Man was coming out after Avengers 2, none the less I am stoked for more characters.
I thought Ant-Man was coming out after Avengers 2, none the less I am stoked for more characters.
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9:10PM on 11/14/2012
Bring on the Wasp! I'd like to sting her with... my... uh, stinger... Hm, yeah that didn't come out like I thought it would.
Bring on the Wasp! I'd like to sting her with... my... uh, stinger... Hm, yeah that didn't come out like I thought it would.
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8:45PM on 11/14/2012
I really would like to see Ms. Marvel join the team for Avengers 2 but seeing as Wasp is one of the original memeber's and a big part of the avengers cartoon I can see why they wanna bring her in first, especially if ant-man is right around the corner. This stephanie chick is cute so that pretty much is a positive in my book.
I really would like to see Ms. Marvel join the team for Avengers 2 but seeing as Wasp is one of the original memeber's and a big part of the avengers cartoon I can see why they wanna bring her in first, especially if ant-man is right around the corner. This stephanie chick is cute so that pretty much is a positive in my book.
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4:53PM on 11/14/2012
I was trying to remember where I recognize her from, and it dawned on me that she was in the movie "Dinner For Shmucks" of all things :P

I thought she was really great in it, even though it was a fairly minor role. And I found her to be incredibly cute in it. Bring it on.
I was trying to remember where I recognize her from, and it dawned on me that she was in the movie "Dinner For Shmucks" of all things :P

I thought she was really great in it, even though it was a fairly minor role. And I found her to be incredibly cute in it. Bring it on.
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12:35PM on 11/14/2012

Hmmm

Interesting, though i can't really see her being there without Pym as well.
Interesting, though i can't really see her being there without Pym as well.
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10:45AM on 11/14/2012
van Dyne was just a spoiled, rich-girl heiress before gaining her powers. They could write her in as someone Stark knew growing up or through the social circles of being a bazillionaire. I'm guessing she gains her powers off-screen between IM 3 & Avengers 2. Can't picturing her having the powers already in IM 3. Or at least them actually SHOWING them.
van Dyne was just a spoiled, rich-girl heiress before gaining her powers. They could write her in as someone Stark knew growing up or through the social circles of being a bazillionaire. I'm guessing she gains her powers off-screen between IM 3 & Avengers 2. Can't picturing her having the powers already in IM 3. Or at least them actually SHOWING them.
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9:51AM on 11/14/2012
Physically...she looks the part! As for tidbit, that's what I love about this whole thing. The very interconnected comic books I use to read and love...now being played out in live action. True, no movie has truly blown me away as yet, but I've enjoyed all of them (Hulk still being my favorite but only as a result of repeat viewings - my 9 year old son would watch it over and over again) and long may this continue.
Physically...she looks the part! As for tidbit, that's what I love about this whole thing. The very interconnected comic books I use to read and love...now being played out in live action. True, no movie has truly blown me away as yet, but I've enjoyed all of them (Hulk still being my favorite but only as a result of repeat viewings - my 9 year old son would watch it over and over again) and long may this continue.
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9:42AM on 11/14/2012
Ah, okay - I didn't know who the woman confronting Tony in the trailer was (I assumed it could be Black Widow). I suppose this clears it up.
Ah, okay - I didn't know who the woman confronting Tony in the trailer was (I assumed it could be Black Widow). I suppose this clears it up.
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