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Which female superhero should be introduced in The Avengers sequel?

Posted by Max Lalanne on May 11, 2012

From left: The Wasp, Scarlett Witch, and the She-Hulk as they appeared one time or another on various comics covers

A great majority of folks expressed their wish of Marvel introducing at least one of their female superheroes (superheroines?) for The Avengers sequel , and that’s something that director Joss Whedon and the large cast seem to be open towards. Yes, yes, Whedon already gave large and much-deserved screentime to strong female character Black Widow, and even – with pretty good intentions – introduced S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Maria Hill, who unfortunately didn’t contribute anything special to the film except serving to prompt Nick Fury’s monologues. But what I really want to see is a real female superhero with special powers or abilities that go beyond firing a pistol really well or having killer martial arts skills, one who could potentially face the Hulk and give him a few bruises to remember like Thor or Iron Man would. Even if she’ll probably lose the battle, because the Hulk is just so awesome – that’s not the point. But which female superhero from Marvel’s archives is the most eligible to join the guys in defending the world from macho over-posturing? Being completely unfamiliar with Marvel’s original comic books, here’s what a non-geek found from researching the web.

One early fan favorite is the Wasp, who was actually one of the founding members of The Avengers back when she was first written and drawn in 1963 by Stan Lee along with Jack Kirby, who are behind a great majority of the Marvel superheroes, both male and female. The Wasp “has the ability to shrink to a height of perhaps several centimeters, grow to giant size, fly by means of insectoid wings (which only appear at small size), and fire energy blasts.” Cool…but honestly, that sounds confusing. How good can it cinematically look to have a mini-woman buzzing through the air or fighting alongside Captain America? Meh. So, how about Scarlett Witch? She’s a sexy, spell-casting mutant – and daughter of Magneto, that guy – who has appeared in both X-Men and Avengers comics and who can “use her hexes to light flammable objects, contain or remove air from a particular volume, deflect object, stop the momentum of projectiles, open doors, explode objects, create force fields, and deflect magical attacks etc..” That sounds like a worthy match for Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers, for sure, and Scarlett Witch can even join the gang as a mysterious friend-or-foe character like Catwoman is being introduced in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.

Everybody seems to have enjoyed the Hulk smashing things in The Avengers. Well, what about a female Hulk, that turns into a rampaging green monster when she gets angry too? My first thought was that it would look sort of weird – think about it, it is very weird – but such a Marvel character exists, called the She-Hulk, and I’m liking the idea. She’s originally a highly-skilled lawyer (whose law school knowledge could certainly come in handy after all that destruction done to Manhattan) who becomes the She-Hulk after her cousin Bruce Banner (yep, she’s related to the Hulk) gives her some of his blood, after she suffers a life-threatening accident. Cue some more morality issues for Mark Ruffalo’s sensitive Banner, a new, huge problem for the Avengers, and a tough-as-nails female character. Could definitely work very well.

In fact here are quite a few other female superheroes that could potentially join the mix, but Scarlett Witch and the She-Hulk really are the most interesting – again, only from an observing non-geek point of view. For instance, there’s the famed Ms. Marvel, who posseses “incredible superhuman strength and durability, can fly at roughly half the speed of sound, retains her Seventh sense, and [can] discharge explosive blasts of radiant energy, which she fires from her fingertips.” Wow, yup, that sounds great but how will that translate to the big screen? One thing I liked about The Avengers and indeed other comic-book adaptations of the sort, was that all the superheroes had very distinct powers; Ms. Marvel and the Wasp don’t and could distract the attention with their all-encompassing abilities that don’t have a very set focus.

Mind you – before The Avengers‘ sequel, which has no set release date, comes out we will have Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 hitting theaters. Female superheroes could may well be introduced in those sequels, although it is slightly less likely – slightly less likely, but completely possible – seeing as they are more about one, single protagonist. So which of Marvel’s female superheroes do you wish would join the Avengers for the sequel? If you have knowledge of a somewhat obscure or lesser-known character that a quick, casual Internet search like I did wouldn’t uncover, do leave a comment with your thoughts.

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One Response to “Which female superhero should be introduced in The Avengers sequel?”

  1. Daniel said

    “She-Hulk” would be an awesome addition ! With today’s advances in CGI, she would look FIERCE !

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