Joss Whedon Wanted Zooey Deschanel To Play The Wasp In The First Avengers Movie

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Back in 2012, we all remember when The Avengers, the first huge crossover movie in Marvel Cinematic Universe was about to come out. Back then, crossover on that scale was something never seen before on the big screen so it’s obvious that movie was followed by a huge hype that resulted in over $1.5 billion at the global box office.

After introducing all the main heroes through solo movies like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor (which also briefly introduced Hawkeye, and Loki, the villain of The Avengers), and we’ll mention Iron Man 2 as well because it introduced Black Widow, it was time to put all of them together into one big movie. Zak Penn wrote the first draft of the script before Joss Whedon was hired to rewrite it and direct the movie.

Now, nine years since the movie’s release, thanks to producer Jeremy Latcham, we found out that Whedon wanted to introduce The Wasp in the MCU a lot earlier than Evangeline Lilly made her debut as the character Hope Van Dyne in the 2015 movie Ant-Man, and later suited up as the Wasp in the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp three years later.

“It was all about The Wasp. He wanted to cast Zooey Deschanel. [Wasp] was the funniest character in the whole movie, and well-written.”

Jeremy Latcham, “The Story of Marvel Studios”
Source: SlashFilm

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