By now, chances are pretty good that you've seen The Avengers and were witness to how brilliantly writer/director Joss Whedon was able to turn Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow into a relevant and vibrant character after a lackluster appearance in Iron Man 2.
Entertainment Weekly sat down for a roundtable interview with Whedon and his superpowered cast and asked which character they would add to the recently-announced sequel. Chris Hemsworth joked about the cast needing more men, which set off an interesting conversation about female superhero films between Whedon and Scarlett Johansson.
Whedon: Studios will tell you: A woman cannot headline an action movie. After The Hunger Games they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it’s done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it’s changing.
Johansson: A lot of the female superhero movies just suck really badly.
Whedon: The suck factor is not small.
Then Sam Jackson bursts into the conversation and things get really interesting. I don't want to just swipe their entire interview, so head on over to the full piece to read the conversation as it went down.
Getting back to the matter at hand, we got Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, but let's be honest - she's a little light in the "superpowers" category. (So is Black Widow, for that matter.) A few years ago there was a rumor floating around that Eva Longoria was set to play Wasp, which would be a really great addition to the squad (especially if Edgar Wright can get his long-gestating Ant-Man movie made before an Avengers sequel).
So sound off, comic fans - which female superhero would you like to see in The Avengers 2?