As many of you know, writer/director Joss Whedon has not been shy about discussing a certain character that was in the earlier drafts of his The Avengers script—the character in question being Wasp aka Janet von Dyne (one of the founding members in the comics).
Even though she was eventually cut out because Whedon didn’t want the script to become “too Wasp-y”, storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro recently and graciously released an animatics sequence showcasing some of the Battle of New York. It offers a small glimpse on what Wasp’s involvement could have looked like. Wasp appears at the 0:17 and 2:27 markers in the video.
Besides Wasp, we get a look at the amount of detail that was put into Bruce Banner‘s big reveal about his secret in the video above. We also get to see that Hawkeye’s original costume was very, very different than the finished product that eventually graced the silver screen. Additionally, it’s revealed that Loki was apparently betrayed by Thanos and that alone raises some interesting questions about The Avengers and follow-up movies like Thor: The Dark World.
Here’s the video:
Now does that look cool or does that look cool?
This also isn’t the only animatics sequence that was released. D’Alessandro also released three other animatics sequences that show us a couple of interesting things.
For starters, Iron Man/Tony Stark/Robert Downey Jr.’s introduction to the movie was initially going to be dramatic as f*ck and there’s even a video where Iron Man engages in an awesome-looking tunnel chase scene.
Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, a lot of people—myself included—have discussed whether or not Ultron will actually be the result of a gone-batshit-crazy J.A.R.V.I.S, (which happens to be Tony’s ride-or-die AI butler). In a clip of footage that eventually didn’t make it to the big screen, (I wish it had), J.A.R.V.I.S appears to be attempting to entice Tony with the dark side, telling him that he’s above the Avengers and that he should turn against them.
Of course, such talk is revealed to be that of Loki, but it had me really excited and interested in a potentially evil J.A.R.V.I.S.
I mean, let’s be real. Even though J.A.R.V.I.S is faithful to Tony and whatever, let’s not forget the fact that Tony, almost 99.9% of the time, gives J.A.R.V.I.S a lot of sh*t. Yeah, you could argue that it’s Tony being Tony, but if I were J.A.R.V.I.S, I might consider going rogue too.
Anyways, if you’re one of the J.A.R.V.I.S/Ultron conspiracy theorists out there, this one is for you:
In closing, even though The Avengers: Age of Ultron film is still far away, it was interesting seeing all of the footage that could have been in The Avengers. Also, we should probably expect Wasp to join the team pretty soon (I’m hoping in Age of Ultron, but I’d take an The Avengers 3 appearance too) and maybe hope for an appearance by Hank Pym/Ant-Man too.
Regardless, however, I am excited.
I am really f*cking excited.
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What do you think of the footage? Think it should have made it to theaters? Sound off below!
- “Avengers” Animatics Reveal Glimpse of Wasp, Possibly Hint of “Age of Ultron” (spinoff.comicbookresources.com)