Back in 2012, The Avengers hit theaters and made history along the way, paving the way for the current ecosystem of shared universes that currently live in. Us fans who have watched the film roughly 87 times likely find it hard to imagine the movie was ever anything other than the film it ended up being. But, of course, that’s the nature of storytelling, and along the way, there are often many iterations of the same film in script form, and this film was no exception.
In a recent interview with Thrillist, Joss Whedon revealed a couple of characters that were in earlier drafts of the film, including the Wasp, who is set to have her own film this coming July. Here’s what he had to say.
“At the very beginning, I wrote entire drafts that had no bearing on what I would eventually film. There was a moment where we thought we weren’t gonna have Scarlett [Johansson], and so I wrote a huge bunch of pages starring The Wasp. That was not useful. I also worried that one British character actor was not enough to take on Earth’s mightiest heroes, and that we’d feel like we were rooting for the overdog. So I wrote a huge draft with Ezekiel Stane, Obadiah Stane’s son, in it.”
Interesting…so he felt that we would have felt sorry for Loki, and therefore almost decided to add in another Iron Man villain? Bold move and I’m ultimately happy it didn’t work out that way, as it would have set a precedent for the Avengers having to take on teams of villains rather than one main villain. But the main takeaway here is The Wasp.
I know, as much as we love the Avengers, are are some who wished that we’d get to see Ant-Man and the Wasp join in on the action, as they were founding members. Perhaps we’ll get that chance in Avengers 4?
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