While we’re breaking news about the upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot, we thought we’d pass along a couple of items collected from around the Web, regarding both Captain America and The Avengers.

There have been several Captain America: The First Avenger set photos that have popped up in the last few weeks, and today we have images of a celebratory sequence that was filmed in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. On The Avengers front: there’s news coming out that Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) won’t be the only female character in the film.

First up, we’ll talk about The Avengers. Joss Whedon was talking to the The Sunday Herald-Sun recently, where he made the following statement:

“It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger…But she [Black Widow] will not be the only female character”.

The immediate knee-jerk reaction is that Whedon is alluding to either Pepper Potts from the Iron Man franchise (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) or Betty Ross, the love interest of Bruce Banner played by Liv Tyler in The Incredible Hulk. Natalie Portman’s character from Thor, Jane Foster, is also a possibility, and, if I were a betting man, one (or more) of those love interest ladies returning for The Avengers would be the safe bet.

However, since there is no money at stake here, it’s just as fun to speculate that we could see some notable female agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Avengers (Sharon Carter or Maria Hill, for instance). We could also perhaps see a femme fatale from the villain side, such as Madame Hydra or a Skrull Queen (if rumors of the shape-shifting aliens being The Avengers’ foes are true).

The only real evidence to cite for The Avengers featuring a previously-unseen female character is that Marvel likely would’ve brought any returning big-name actresses to the stage as part of their Avengers panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Maybe not, though.

Personally, I think bringing back Pepper, Betty and/or Jane Foster would be a bit on the boring side – if I had it my way, Sharon Carter (see above) would be the other female featured in The Avengers. In my opinion, Carter is a key element missing from the Marvel movie universe – a few quick facts about her:

  • She’s the modern-day love interest of Captain America.
  • She’s the descendant of Peggy Carter, Cap’s WWII love interest who will appear in The First Avenger.
  • She’s also the kick-ass spy known as “Agent 13″ and would likely be featured in the proposed S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff film.

What do you think:  should Sharon Carter appear in The Avengers? Or should the other female character(s) be a villain (Black Widow needs somebody to cat fight, after all). Would you be disappointed if the other girl(s) was simply a returning love interest? I’m sure we’ll find out more in the coming months as production on The Avengers ramps up.

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