Look, I know The Avengers doesn’t open until next summer, but that shouldn’t stop me from thinking about possible sequels…mainly which Avengers I’d love to see added over time.
Along with Wasp, Ant-Man was there from the start in the comic. Now, I understand why they didn’t want to include them in the first movie–opting instead to introduce easier-to-explain characters like Hawkeye and Maria Hill–but there’s no reason why they couldn’t be introduced later. I’ve always kind of wanted Alan Tudyk to play Hank Pym. I don’t know why, I just do.
Wasp/Janet van Dyne
I’ve never been a huge fan of Wasp–most of the versions I’ve seen in the comics have always come off as being kind of shallow and privileged. But, the Wasp on Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a riot. She’s excited about being a hero because it’s the right thing to do. So, if Hank Pym is going to be the resident scientist, Janet could be his lab assistant (think the Astrid to Hank’s Walter) and Nicki Clyne showed a lot of pluck on Battlestar Galactica, so…
Luke’s a fairly new addition to the Avengers, but serves an important role as a grounding influence for the team that includes a living legend and a god. If Omar Epps can hold his own against Hugh Laurie, going head to head with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey, Jr. should be a piece of cake.
Power Woman/Jessica Jones Cage
Superhero. Private detective. Reporter. Like her husband, Jessica is a new, but extremely vital, addition to the Avengers. Michelle Monaghan has played tough and intelligent, which is the perfect mix for Jess. Also: she studied journalism before deciding to become an actress…which doesn’t mean anything, but is a cool tidbit.
I’m pretty sure they’ll decide to play up the Hawkeye/Black Widow relationship, but that’s no reason why Mockingbird can’t appear in a sequel. Bobbi’s a spy, a scientist, and all-around awesome, and only Anna Torv could do her justice.
Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers
Danvers was a major in the U.S. Air Force and an operative with the C.I.A. long before she was an Avenger. Combining her natural skills with super strength, durability, and energy blasts makes Ms. Marvel a force to be reckoned with. Yvonne Strahovski pretty much plays a non-powered Carol Danvers every week on Chuck.