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As Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson is the only woman currently announced for The Avengers, but according to director Joss Whedon, she’ll have plenty of female company once the big screen superhero flick rolls into theaters.
“It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger,” Whedon told The Sunday Herald-Sun of Johansson’s role. “But she will not be the only female character.”
Whether or not Whedon is referring to established characters like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) or new-to-screen women such as Janet Van Dyne or Wanda Maximoff remains to be seen. Regardless, the Avengers director is having fun as he reworks the film’s script, crafting a story that borrows from the franchise’s lengthy comic book history.
“It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it,” he said. “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.”