Joss Whedon Wanted The Wasp in The Avengers, and Other Fun Facts

Although it premiered back in May, Marvel’s’ The Avengers continues to generate discussion, including some by writer/director Joss Whedon. At a recent screening of the film hosted by Jeff Goldsmith’s Backstory Magazine, Whedon dropped a few interesting details about the superhero blockbuster, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here are a few highlights, courtesy of Collider:

  • Known for his love of strong female leads, it should come as no surprise that Whedon heavily featured The Wasp in early drafts of the script.
  • Marvel gave Whedon a list of elements that needed to be in the film, from the heroes and Loki as the villain to the Helicarrier attack and giant battle at the end. As a result, the script took two years to complete.
  • Agent Coulson’s death was presented by Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige as a necessary plot point, one that was encouraged by actor Clark Gregg early on in the process.
  • The line from Bruce Banner about trying to shoot himself and the Hulk spitting the bullet out came from the Startling Stories: Banner miniseries by Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben.
  • The writer/director also wanted to feature a second villain, but was overruled. This mysterious antagonist, whom the heroes could have “wailed on,” might appear in a future movie.
  • Whedon didn’t directly comment on The Avengers 2, but he did say that, while he likes The Empire Strikes Back better, Star Wars is a better film because it has an actual ending while Empire is more of an episode. Presumably, that translates into a complete story for the Avengers sequel.
  • In addition to talking about his writing process, Whedon also discussed the Buffy animated series. He said the writing staff completed seven scripts, but no networks would pick the series up because it didn’t feature a male lead.

Whedon’s next film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing shot on the sly, will be out June 21. He also wrote a supernatural love story called In Your Eyes for Brian Hill to direct. Of course, he’s also working on the S.H.I.E.L.D. television project for ABC and Avengers 2, which he reportedly turned a script in for earlier this month. The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is expected to shoot in January while The Avengers 2 is slated for a May 1, 2015 release.

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  • http://twitter.com/LDMythos Mythos

    It’s Joss Whedon’s world now, we just live in it.

  • zakizakaria

     If Chris Nolan’s a syndrome, Joss Whedon’s our candy-coated Prozac

  • ZBaksh386

    I felt that the hawkeye subplot could’ve been handled better and the Chituari could have been delved into more but overall a good movie.

    Wasp could be a good character to have because she can fill that spider-man niche of having a everyman perspective on the team because she is the closest thing to normal these people have.

    Since Korra is a success , I wonder if we can see a Fray animated series in the works?

  • http://sdelmonte.livejournal.com/ Simon DelMonte

    So all the things I didn’t like most – the long battle at the end, Loki, Coulson’s “death” – were not Joss’s fault.

    I feel better now.

  • Evan

    “Whedon didn’t directly comment on The Avengers 2, but he did say that, while he likes The Empire Strikes Back better, Star Wars is a better film because it has an actual ending while Empire is more of an episode.”

    Somebody tell him one was supposed to be a standalone movie, the other is a sequel the director thought wouldn’t happen. That’s why they end differently.

  • HKAnders

    ” He said the writing staff completed seven scripts, but no networks would pick the series up because it didn’t feature a male lead.”

    That’s depressing.

    The live-action Buffy didn’t have a male lead.  Alias didn’t have male lead.  Dora The Explorer doesn’t have a male lead.  Or, is the monkey actually the main character?

  • SageShinigami

     Out of curiosity, just how should the Avengers have ended, if not with a giant battle scene?

  • SageShinigami

     Out of curiosity, just how should the Avengers have ended, if not with a giant battle scene?

  • Demoncat4

    nice to hear he wanted the wasp thus having all the original avengers on the big screen if nothing else hope she shows up in a future movie as for the other bad guy could it have been thanos early or maybe ultron 

  • http://twitter.com/diarra_harris Diarra Harris

    Maybe If he tried for a Buffy animated series now it would go thru

  • Davidweedlove

    yeah the avengers should totally heroically nuke another species to solve the problem! kill em all like punishers… spidey woulda said No One Dies

  • Monkeyhelpertrainer

    I love the Wasp because there hasn’t really been a bubbly fashionista
    superhero like her after all these years. She may prove to be a unique
    and welcome addition to the Avengers roster for the next film.

  • Lead_sharp

    I agree re- Chituari, but I wasn’t too bothered that the film wasn’t dragged out due to exposition on them, they where cannon fodder, it worked. Though they could have been more memorable. I feel the Hawkeye arc was pretty cool because he started out a bad guy in the comics and later joined The Avengers (well duh lol), for me the film kind of reflected that and gave him some proper motivation in the last battle. 

  • Lead_sharp

    was just thinking that. I feel a lot of the things people don’t like are very subjective (and fair enough, you don’t like them no worries) but I do think (though I can’t tell in Simon’s case, his post simply kicked off my thoughts) fans mistake things they don’t like with actual problems with the film. 

  • ZBaksh386

     i like the idea of the hawkeye arc, just thought it would have been better if they kept the fact that he was mind-controlled a secret till when he did the attack.

  • http://twitter.com/p_keely Patrick Keely

    I enjoyed her in Avengers: EMH.  Despite never liking her in the comics, she was really enjoyable in the cartoon.

  • http://twitter.com/p_keely Patrick Keely

    I do believe they started it with an invasion of New York City (where they were targeting innocent civilians). They were protecting people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003799910855 Enzia Fallenleaf

    poor old Buffy cartoon maybe one day.

  • AnonymousRex

    I just want Vision and Scarlet Witch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Washington/100000627282702 Craig Washington

    fuck the wasp 

  • bfg666

    Heh, what do you expect? Fans will be fans.

  • http://twitter.com/AgentAxis D.B. Cooper

    Yes, I do believe the Wasp and Ant Man/Giant Man should be in part 2.

  • Klayven

     Hawkeye and Black Widow, Widow especially, imo, are VERY normal.  Far more so than Wasp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikko-Laurinen/509172973 Mikko Laurinen

    Well, as Kim Possible proved there’s no way an actiony cartoon with a female lead can be successful. Wait…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikko-Laurinen/509172973 Mikko Laurinen

    Normal in terms of having relatable personality, not in powers. How easily is someone really gonna relate to the personality of someone trained from childhood to be an assassin who spent years killing people left and right without questioning her orders? I like Widow as a character, but to really appreciate the character it takes a lot more delving into her. The film DID do a lot with the screen time given to her, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikko-Laurinen/509172973 Mikko Laurinen

    And the nuke didn’t even come from them. Were they supposed to just let it hit New York?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mikko-Laurinen/509172973 Mikko Laurinen

    Vision could take a lot of setting up to fully utilize the character, but I WOULD like seeing him some time in the future. Perhaps have Hank create both him and Ultron so they’re like robo-brothers, just one goes awry and the other perhaps, like people have suggested, is programmed with the personality of Agent Coulson.