When loyal Marvel Comics readers think of the female component of The Avengers superhero roster or their Ultimates counterpart, The Wasp is a character top of mind. With The Avengers thus far filling out its ranks with men, outside of Scarlett Johansson's non-superpowered Black Widow, is there a spot to add a superheroine?
According to recent reports, Marvel is on the lookout to add another female character to The Avengers cast after rumors that Disney starlet Demi Lovato was in talks for a role in the film for which many speculate may be The Wasp.
Heat Vision confirmed that the Lovato rumor is just that, a rumor, but that Marvel is indeed after another actress to join Joss Whedon's superhero epic. The leading theory still holds The Wasp as the most likely candidate.
If we take a look back two years ago, we can find the origins of the rumors of The Wasp playing a part in The Avengers. It all began when Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was photographed leaving Marvel Studios with a business card and several issues of Avengers comics.
While there's no confirmation on what character could be added or if that character has special abilities, the logical assumption is that it would be Janet Van Dyne (aka The Wasp) and that such a character could also play a part in Ant-Man.
Like Ant-Man, Janet has the ability to shrink down to the size of a small insect and in both the standard Marvel and Ultimate universe, she's able to fire off energy blasts. She is a founding member of The Avengers and plays an important role on the team, holding special relationships with Ant-Man and Captain America.
While we don't know how many is too many when it comes to heroes in The Avengers, it's long been rumored that both Ant-Man and Wasp be introduced in the film. With Ant-Man helmer Edgar Wright emphasizing that Ant-Man needs to be introduced in his own movie before joining the team, it's easily acceptable that they just take the other since their abilities are similar.
Could Longoria still be in the running for the part of The Wasp? Yes, her rumors began two years ago but Jeremy Renner was in talks for Hawkeye a long, long time before he signed on to play the skilled archer in The Avengers.
Whomever Whedon and co. choose to add to the cast, she'll be standing strong alongside Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson when the film begins shooting in April.
Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
Header image edited from cover art by Mark Brooks