Last night Joss Whedon did a special DGA screening of The Avengers, and in the Q&A he revealed some secrets about the film. While I liked Joss' commentary on the Blu, this is the sort of stuff I wish had been included.
According to Whedon, we almost got the Winsome Wasp in the movie:
"There was a little bit of time where we thought we might not actually get Scarlett [Johansson]," he explains. "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!'"
That ties in with rumors that Eva Longoria was meeting about the part - rumors that now might be true! Especially if you consider what Whedon had to say about the ever-changing nature of the comic Avengers' roster:
"I used to read 'The Avengers' and part of the ethos of the team was that it changed their lineup every month," he continues. "Their 150th issue was just a bunch of faces. 'Who will be in the team now?!' We had the first issue as a poster in the offices. Now that I'm working on the sequel I said, 'Let's the second issue up there! Let's change it up a little bit!' The second issue is 'Introducing… Giant-Man! And this character! They were already changing it up after one issue. That's what they always do."
Is Giant Man a hint, or just an off the top of his head example? There's been a lot of thought that Ant-Man could join the team, and that would pave the way for Wasp...
Finally, Whedon said that there was a second villain he had in mind for The Avengers, since he worried Loki wasn't enough of a physical threat. He won't spill the beans exactly, but here's what he said:
"I'm not going to tell you [who it is]," he says, "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."
Does this mean he was looking to bring in muscle? I do agree with the decision by Marvel Studios - there was enough going on in The Avengers that another villain would have just crowded things up. But by the time Avengers 2 happens, there will be much more Marvel mythology groundwork laid, and perhaps we'll find Thanos isn't the only threat.