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The Avengers: Their WAGs

30 Jun

WAGs is a tabloid acronym for Wives and Girlfriends, typically of male athletes and/or celebrities. That doesn’t mean that superheroes can’t have one. In fact, superhero WAGs are quite popular, e.g. Mary Jane for Spider-Man and Lois Lane for Superman.

So at the risk of sounding sexists, below is a list of Avenger WAGs featured in the movies in no particular order:

Pepper Potts by Gwyneth Paltrow

Pepper Potts — Pepper is Tony Stark’s secretary in the movies. She is the solid rock within Stark’s lonely eccentric world as the only son and heir of wealthy industrialist, Howard Stark. By the second Iron Man movie, Pepper has become Stark’s budding love interest.

Betty Ross by Liv Tyler

Betty Ross — Dr. Banner is having a shitty life. After getting shot and blasted by the US military, he can’t even use a small downtime to make love to his ex-girlfriend who wanted him badly. By the way, anyone noticed how Betty sounded like an elf?

Jane Foster by Natalie Portman

Jane Foster — A beautiful astrophysicist who hit on Thor a couple of times, literally. First, she slams him with a winnebago while driving at night in the desert. Then she backs into him with a pick-up truck as he was walking out of the hospital. Kissing Thor before he departed to battle and get stuck in Asgard, Foster vows to reopen the inter-dimensional portal that will bring him back to Earth.

Sif by Jamie Alexander

Sif — A warrior and long time comrade of Thor. Perhaps I need to see the movie again, but I did not see any romantic link between Thor and Sif. However, in the comic books, Sif was a lover of Thor before he was banished to Earth. Sif is in this list because Thor is a god and he can have more than one WAG.

Peggy Carter by Haley Atwell

Peggy Carter — A fighting woman, Peggy fought with the French resistance in World War II. She was also Captain America’s girlfriend during that time. Now here where it gets kinda creepy, Captain America ended up getting frozen alive and preserved for decades after the War. After he was found and became an active member of the Avengers, he began going out with Sharon Carter, Peggy’s niece.


Save the Date — May 4, 2012

27 Jun

That’s the theatrical release of The Avengers. The movies The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, and Captain America are all leading up to The Avengers, a team up of superheroes.

avengers comic cover

So far, at least according to the Avengers IMDB page, the superheroes will include Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) / Hulk (CG) from the original comic books stable of “Earth’s Mightiest Hero”.

As of yet, I don’t see the Ant-Man and Wasp, though each superhero is rumored to have his and her standalone movie, too.

Joining the Avengers are familiar characters and superheroes we’ve seen in previous standalone movies, namely Black Widow (Scarlett Johansen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg).

Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow is rumored to be part of the cast which I fully support because she has great chemistry with Agent Coulson and could add some lightness to the movie.

The big baddie seems to be Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from Thor movie who will probably try to assert his mastery over the Cosmic Cube, a powerful artifact that we saw after the credits.

I’m lukewarm to Loki as the big baddie. Face it, the character was kinda bland throughout the movie. Maybe because I’m comparing him next to the other big baddie we’ve seen so far, Magneto played by Michael Fassbender. Magneto was every bit a badass as we could ever expect for an epic bad guy.

I suppose the only other choices for The Avengers big baddie would be The Leader from Incredible Hulk and Red Skeleton from Captain America, who we haven’t seen yet as of this writing. Those two are not nearly as powerful as Loki (or, one could wish, Magneto). Though I’m assuming that Loki will trick other super villains to help him.

In any case, Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly) has a lot of work to do and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. This movie will also make it worth collecting Avengers statues & figures for fans.