May 14, 2012

'AVENGERS 2' Could Be Getting Superheroines With Powers

Some of the complaints (be it few) is that Avengers essentially didn't have a single superheroine with powers. While we got two rather badass female SHIELD agents with Black Widow (Johansson) and Maria Hill (Smulders) they have limited talents. Also, they are not exactly meta-humans like the main four members (Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man). EW was able to speak with writer/director Joss Whedon and the cast about his issue. The consensus is that we'll be seeing more of a female presence in Avengers 2. So which superheroines will be joining the lineup?

WASP: All signs point to Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) alongside her boe Dr. Hank Pym (Ant-Man) joining the team by the way of Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Her powers depend on the Pym suit she is wearing which includes the power of flight, shrinking, massive growth/strength and stinger blasters. Janet is equally as wise-cracking as Stark and it could be breath of fresh-air to see a less serious female character thrown into the mix. Since Widow and Hill are super serious government agents who barely crack a smile.

SCARLET WITCH: The second most recognizable female Avengers member is Wanda Maximoff better known as villain turned hero Scarlet Witch. Marvel confirmed they share the character's rights with Fox. She has the ability to manipulate probability via her "hexes" (often manifesting physically as "hex spheres" or "hex bolts"). These hexes are relatively short range, and are limited to her line of sight. Considering she is Magneto's daughter and their current focus is a young Magneto it's doubtful we'll be seeing her in the X-Men films anytime soon. The only catch with Marvel's version of her is that she can't be connected to Magneto, The X-Men, The Brotherhood of Mutants or even hint to her powers are from a mutant origin. It's possible that she could turn up in Thor 2 or Doctor Strange since her character will likely have cosmic/mystical powers rather being a mutant. Witch had been wanted for Iron Man 2 but those plans were scrapped. Scarlett Johansson was originally set for the role of Wanda according to Favreau during an interview with Wizard. This was before Emily Blunt exited the Black Widow role and Johansson replaced her.

MS. MARVEL: We could also see Air Force/SHIELD pilot Carol Danvers given alien Kree powers during an accident and became Ms. Marvel. Danvers' powers include flight, super-strength and other abilities. Interesting enough, Fox had issues with using Rogue in the original X-Men trilogy because they couldn't give her Ms. Marvel's powers which Rogue stole while a her turn as a villain. Rogue was instead turned into a young runaway similar more to a character like Jubilee.

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