Joss Whedon Says Black Widow Will Be Only Female Avenger

Black WidowWhen the cast of "The Avengers" was introduced at the San Diego Comic-Con International, it was noted that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow was the only female character in the ensemble cast. Although rumors linking Eva Longoria to the Wasp have been persistent, "Avengers" director Joss Whedon recently confirmed that the Black Widow will be the only female Avenger.

"It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger," Whedon told the Sunday Herald Sun (via Moviehole). "But she will not be the only female character."

Whedon's comment could mean that one of the supporting female characters from the previous Marvel Studios films — for example Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) or Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) from the upcoming "Thor" adaptation may return. Or it could potentially indicate that one of the villains for the film may be female as well.

Whedon also spoke out about the film's storyline and indicated that he doesn't plan to draw on only one of the team's comic book origins.

"It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it," offered Whedon. "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."

"The Avengers" is expected to film early next year with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg returning with Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo joining the ensemble as well.

The team will assemble in movie theaters on May 4, 2012.

What are your thoughts on Whedon's take on "The Avengers" origin? Should another female Avenger be included in the line up? If so, which one? And which supporting female character would you like to see take on a major role in "The Avengers"? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter