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'The Avengers' Almost Lost Black Widow, Gained the Wasp

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Making movies is a strange and interesting process. Often the ideas you start with end up not even being in the finished film. Case in point: At a Directors Guild of America event recently, "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon revealed that the big star of his first draft of the screenplay was actually... The Wasp.

And leaving her out of the movie really stung.

So why The Wasp, who in the comics is a young socialite named Janet Van Dyne who can become really tiny, fly around and zap people with bio-electric stings? Simple: They weren't sure Scarlett Johansson would be coming back to reprise her "Iron Man 2" role as The Black Widow.

"There was a little bit of time where we thought we might not actually get Scarlett [Johansson]," Whedon revealed. "There was a very Waspy draft that I wrote. But it was way too Waspy. I was like, 'She's adorable! I'm just going to watch her!'"

And hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Whedon wanted to use a different villain because he wasn't sure Tom Hiddleston was quite cool enough to make Loki a credible threat to the Avengers.

"I definitely felt like, 'I've got Earth's mightiest heroes. I've got four of the biggest, baddest, toughest guys out there and I've got one effete British character actor,'" Whedon said. But he eventually came around to realize what everyone on Earth now knows: Hiddleston is awesome.

"The ace in the hole is Tom Hiddleston because he's so compelling and commanding and gracious about it that it became, 'Oh it's about how he gets in their heads – it’s going to be fine.' But it took me a long time to accept that because they need someone to hit!"

We think $1.5 billion worldwide shows Whedon made the right choices in the end.

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