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Morena Baccarin Among Contenders To Play Fury’s ‘Sidekick’ In The Avengers

Morena Baccarin (left), Jessica Lucas, Cobie Smulders and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

V star Morena Baccarin is among the finalists to play a key member of SHIELD in The Avengers, a role that Samuel L. Jackson revealed last night on Jimmy Fallon will be Nick Fury’s “sidekick.”

Heat Vision reports that Jessica Lucas, Cobie Smulders and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are also up for the role, which will undergo screen tests on Friday.

We suggested earlier the part may be that of Sharon Carter, Carol Danvers or Maria Hill, three Marvel comics characters with ties to SHIELD. But The Hollywood Reporter blog points to months-old speculation about Janet Van Dyne/the Wasp, a role once linked to Baccarin. Director Joss Whedon has said that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will be the only female Avenger, which doesn’t necessarily rule out Van Dyne, but certainly makes one of the other three characters more likely.

Baccarin would seem to have a leg up on the other contenders, having worked with Whedon on the short-lived, but much-loved, television series Firefly and the subsequent movie Serenity.

Lucas, who’s best known for roles in Melrose Place and Cloverfield, next appears in the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits. Smulders stars in the hit CBS series How I Met Your Mother. Winstead, who appeared in Sky High and Live Free or Die Hard, is better known to comics fans as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

According to Heat Vision, the test deals involve Marvel’s now-standard nine-picture option, which means we’ll see plenty more of the actress over the next several years.

The Avengers, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg, opens on May 4, 2012.


  • Lando

    Agent Maria Hill perhaps? Monerna does look like her from the comics and we do need more Whedon regulars.

  • Tucker_maltby

    that is what i thought.

  • Anonymous

    Yea. I’m getting a Maria Hill vibe here.

  • jjland

    Cobie Smulders was mentioned as Whedon’s choice for Wonder Woman, back when he was developing that film, so he has that history with her.

  • Erikgalston

    he has the history of wanting to work with her, where as Morena actually has the history of working with him.

  • Ben Gepfrey

    Joss only said there was only one female avenger, never said it was Black Widow. Could be Wasp. Just a fan of Joss knowing that he like to mislead with misdirection.

  • Anonymous

    Surprised no one has suggested that she’s go play Fury’s longtime girlfriend and sidekick Val (Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine)

  • Doubledog

    I’m thinking Maria Hill, but what about Victoria Hand?

  • Colierrannd2

    Widow isn’t really known as an official Avenger is she? At least I never think of her as an Avenger first, at least not like I do Wasp. In any case, though I have a huge crush on Mary Elizabeth Winstead (call me babe, we’ll go out!…hehe) my vote will almost always come down for Morena Baccarin. She’s beautiful, talented, can handle Whedon’s dialogue better than almost anyone (and that’s saying something!) and deserves a big high-profile role. Not that the others don’t but…come on, it’s Morena Baccarin! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love her.I’m hoping for her playing Janet Van Dyne who will become Wasp. The new Avengers cartoon has really given Wasp a great set up and one of her best characterizations. Now’s a perfect time.

  • Ciaran Statham

    No, it’s been stated that Widow is the female Avenger in the film. That’s why Johansson was there at the press conference for the movie at the recent convention. This part is specifically for Nick Fury’s sidekick, which suggests either a Sharon Carter, Maria Hill, Contessa, or even the wild card of Daisy Johnson, given Fury’s close ties to her in the books.

  • Ciaran Statham

    Black Widow’s led Avenger teams and has been part of the past two major incarnations, pretty much. They also wouldn’t give someone like Scarlett Johansson a bit-part in Iron Man 2 if they weren’t going to use her, and she also has a more-than-one picture deal, as far as I know.