We may not have heard the last of new female character announcements in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avengers sequel.
As crazy as most of us were about Whedon's first big-screen take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes, many fans were still disappointed about the lack of super-women on the superteam. Apart from Black Widow, and the prominent presence of unofficial Avenger Maria Hill, it was a very dude-heavy movie, and no matter how much you love those particular dudes in that particular action-fest, it can be a bit of a letdown for fans of the many female heroes who've had a big place on the team throughout decades of comic-book history.
Widow and Hill are both back for Avengers: Age of Ultron next year, with the superpower heft of Scarlet Witch to add more female presence to the flick. But is there anyone else? At the U.K. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier this week, Whedon addressed the question of other women we just haven't heard about yet in the film, and seemed to confirm at least one more major character.
"There are four prominent female roles in the center of the movie, and I think a more balanced presence throughout the movie," Whedon said. "But, you know, the guys are all there. There are more of them too, so it's...hopefully it'll satisfy everybody. I'm not trying to fulfill an agenda, but I'm interested in men and women. I'm interested in grown-ups who act like children, and dress like clowns, and punch each other."
So we know about Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch, and Maria Hill, but who's the fourth role? It's always possible that honor will go to a pre-existing character like Pepper Potts, or Sharon Carter, but it could also be a brand-new female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, appearing in the film have been floating around for months, but when pressed for an answer, or even a wink, on whether that character would appear, Whedon deflected.
"I don't have the facial reaction you're looking for. These are not the faces you're looking for, but ... I like her too. That's all I can say. I'm a fan of most Marvel Comics. It's like a disease. I can't stop."
We may have more answers about who this mysterious fourth woman is after Marvel Studios takes Hall H at Comic-Con tomorrow, but for now, we can at least hope Whedon's promise of a fourth major female role really holds up in the final film.
Watch the full red-carpet video with Whedon below.