The thing I love about Marvel movies right now is what I love about comics.
They keep you looking toward that next issue before the current issue has even released.
So, since Avengers is due out in only 214 days, Marvel has started talking about the next movie at New York Comic-Con. Phase Two of the Avengers project will start off with the way Phase One did: An Iron Man movie — this one being number three, obviously. And from there Thor 2 and Captain America 2.
As of right now, Iron Man 3 is the only one in any stage of development.
What Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, mentioned was that the Avengers world would be expanding. And if we’re talking about Avengers 2 being another capstone to the heroes’ films then that could mean a couple of things.
First is that there’s going to be a giant over-arching villain — simple enough. But, which one?
Looking back at Marvel lore, this could go a few ways: Ultron, the Skrull or Kang the Conqueror.
Ultron, the god-like robot created by Ant-Man, also known as Hank Pym, that the Avengers fight on a regular basis and who has killed many of their comrades over countless issues. When looking for someone that can give every Avenger a run for their money look no further — except for Kang.
Kang the Conqueror, another stable of the Avengers’ mythos. A time-traveling warlord who looks to the past for a real challenge and decides to pick on the Avengers. Kang fits the Marvel template of “unbelievable, yet believable,” storytelling that’s been used so far because he would be able to influence and challenge all the characters in their own storyline — Iron Man in the present, Thor in the past of Norse mythology, and Captain America during World War II.
The Skrull, they’re aliens, they’re green, they invade Earth and hate humans. Insert Avengers and a few cases of whoop ass.
As far as expanding the heroes’ list that’s an odd thing to tackle. Why? Well, the Avengers’ other go-to-teammates are currently locked up by other studios and how and when Marvel’s parent company, Disney, will bring them under one roof is a mystery. But, there are a bunch of other b-list heroes that could be added to the roster.
The most obvious two being Ant-Man and the Wasp, which are some of the iconic heroes from the ’60s and would add a level of grey-area good and evil action since Hank Pym, Ant-Man, beats his wife on a regular basis.
Ant-Man, by the way, is set to be out in 2014 so that should shed some light on if and how he’ll fit into the Avengers. [via thefilmstage.com]