Could the already stacked cast of The Avengers soon add Brazilian beauty and everyone's favorite lizard lady Morena Baccarin? Well, that's the rumor, anyway. -- Well, it's more like speculation. Thanks to the surreal moment at Comic-Con last summer when the primary cast of The Avengers took the stage, we already know whose names will grace the marquee of the ambitious 2012 comic epic. However, we were still left with some more than noteworthy vacancies as far as important Avengers team members, specifically co-founders Ant-Man and Wasp. While an Ant-Man solo feature is in the works with Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead) at the helm, virtually nothing is known about how the size-altering scientist also known as Hank Pym and his shrinking flight-enabled better-half Janet van Dyne aka The Wasp will fit into the new Avengers film mythos. Casting rumors for the two roles have been hitting for the last few years, with many different names (all pretty big,) but nothing substantive has come from them. Yet, with Baccarin's name being the latest in the mix, it seems to have a ring of truth.
According to Mania, their sources tell them that in between shooting the upcoming season of V, Baccarin has been seen at a comic shop purchasing what was described as "a bunch of Avengers comics." While one may not want to dismiss that she's simply a comic fan, chances are, this is for role research. However, the "so and so was seen with a stack of comics" scenario is hardly new. As even Mania's report reminds us, longtime candidate for the same role Eva Longoria was once spotted leaving Marvel offices with a bunch of Wasp-centric comics. Yet, the idea of Baccarin being cast for the role makes a lot of sense, given the fact that this cast is already stacked with huge names and adding any more would be to the detriment of the film. While not quite a household name yet, Baccarin brings sci-fi credibility, and already has an established working relationship with the film's director Joss Whedon on the long-gone and still-beloved Firefly.
It's been stated before that Ant-Man and Wasp will not be featured in The Avengers, however, it is possible that their existence could be acknowledged in the storyline as being involved from the outside with the formation of the group. Also, a possible cameo from Wasp (as played by Baccarin or not) would be a nice lead-in for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. However, any hope of The Avengers or Ant-Man containing an on-screen Firefly reunion have been recently squashed when Nathan Fillion (long-rumored for the role of Ant-Man) revealed that his commitments to Castle have likely shot-down any chance of his taking the part.
Well, it's your turn: How does Morena Baccarin look for the role of Wasp? (Although, frankly, she'd still look hot wearing a McDonald's Grimace costume while break-dancing.)