Avengers Now 50% Less Homoerotic

Considering the amount of testosterone on stage at the Comic Con panel this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking Marvel’s “The Avengers” could be some kind of genre-breaking frathouse comedy in which Iron Man and Hulk would have a wet towel fights in the locker room, or Captain America would be introduced to the power of Thor’s ‘hammer’.

The suits in charge however are well aware of the gender inequality represented on stage. Speaking with The Herald-Sun, director Joss Whedon says that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow won’t be the only major female role in the team-up project.

“It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger, but she will not be the only female character” says Whedon. This single quote has lead to a flurry of speculation, from Alice Eve in a minor villainess role to the appearance of some of the stand alone character love interests like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) or a recast Betty Ross.

It has already been confirmed that Natalie Portman’s “Thor” character won’t be appearing, while Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter character from “Captain America” will likely be a WW2-era love interest in that film and thus not around in the present day.

In terms of the film’s plot, Whedon says “It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it. 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.”