Earlier today we reported that Nick Fury won’t be alone when he appears in next year’s The Avengers. His portrayer Samuel L. Jackson announced on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that he would be reading with a select group of actresses on Friday for the part of his sidekick. He didn’t reveal the name of the character but he did say that they would be at his side at all times. According to THR, the shortlist of actresses auditioning for the role has been released and it features Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Morena Baccarin from “V.” Check out the rest of the candidates…

Besides Winstead and Baccarin, Jessica Lucas and “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders are vying for the sidekick role. Some speculated that the part could be of Janet van Dyne aka Wasp, but Marvel refused to confirm the rumor. The actress who signs on for the film, will also have a nine-picture option, and a 30 day hold put on them.

Out of the women mentioned, sources seem to think that Baccarin has the upper hand on the competition considering she’s worked with Avengers director Joss Whedon in the past (“Firefly“).

Even though we don’t see any of these actresses fitting in the role of Wasp, we do want the character to appear in the film. There needs to be another female presence to combat Black Widow from inside The Avengers group. We always liked Wasp because she’s highly intelligent and loyal, unlike someone else we know.

What do you think of this shortlist of actresses? Who should play what?