Whedon wants more female Avengers in sequel

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in THE AVENGERS.Now that The Avengers 2 has been officially green-lit by Disney and Marvel, speculation about the sequel has been rampant on the Internet. But bloggers and fanboys aren’t the only ones talking about the soon-to-be-made film — Avengers director Joss Whedon, who will presumably return for #2, had some thoughts of his own, which he shared at a recent roundtable interview with Entertainment Weekly.

After joking “I think we need to get some more men on the team,” looking around at the male-filled cast answering roundtable questions with him, Whedon took a more serious tone in discussing his hope to include more estrogen in the sequel — a real rarity in superhero films.

As it stands, The Avengers prominently features two women–Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, and Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders–which is already more than most of its counterparts.

“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,” Whedon told E.W.

Whedon, of course, is no stranger to directing kick-ass women, from his iconic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer to his less iconic television show Dollhouse. He seems like the ideal man to broach this complicated issue.

E.W. notes that the list of female Avengers that Whedon could choose to include is lengthy, from Wasp to Scarlet Witch to Hellcat, among others. Which Marvel character would you like to see sign on for the already hotly-anticipated sequel?

Source: Entertainment Weekly