Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers’ Script Originally Included Wasp, Second Villain

We wouldn’t change a thing about “Marvel’s The Avengers,” though we also wouldn’t mind living in the alternate universe where Joss Whedon put Janet Van Dyne in the movie.

During a special screening of the film at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood last night, Whedon revealed that early versions of “Avengers” were very Wasp heavy.

“There was a little bit of time where we thought we might not actually get Scarlett [Johansson],” he said, according to Superhero Hype. “There was a very Waspy draft that I wrote. But it was way too Waspy. I was like, ’She’s adorable! I’m just going to watch her!'”

Ultimately, Black Widow was very much available for “Avengers,” and Wasp flew away — hopefully to fight another day. She wasn’t the only character initially on Whedon’s mind who didn’t make the final cut, either — there was a second villain in addition to Loki.

“I’m not going to tell you [who it is],” he said, “because that person might crop up another time. But I definitely felt like, ’I’ve got Earth’s mightiest heroes. I’ve got four of the biggest, baddest, toughest guys out there and I’ve got one effete British character actor.’ They believed very strongly that they didn’t want to add any more mythology, I think was the thing.”

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