A collection of animatics from artist Federico D'Alessandro show how this founding member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes almost made it into "The Avengers."
Whether by design or by accident, Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" ended up presenting the premiere super team on film as pretty testosterone-heavy. But that wasn't always going to be the case: founding team member the Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne was planned at one point as part of the film, aiding Cap and the crew in the final battle against Loki.
While the character was never cast, we do have this animatic presenting how her intended entrance into the film would have looked. The animatic also presents the finale slightly differently, with villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) being betrayed by his alien benefactor (albeit using the same techno army featured in the final version of the film). Blink and you'll miss it, but the Wasp makes an appearance in the 360 shot of the team as they prepare to take on the invaders in downtown Manhattan.
I'm actually more curious about that original take on the ending, since in the current version of the film, Loki's plan doesn't make a ton of sense (the invasion seems small-scale and limited, and for all the damage done to New York, Thanos' army doesn't get all that far). Of course, this ending undoes one of the stronger character moments from the movie, where Iron Man/Tony explains why Loki will lose, given his hole self-destructiveness deal.
"The Avengers 2" is on track for May 2015.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]