Now that the movie experience known as “The Avengers” has come into our lives and changed them forever, I have been doing a lot of thinking lately concerning the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No matter what thoughts enter my mind about the movies and the characters, it all comes back to 2 very simple words…
We know that there are sequels coming for the main movie franchises. In a few weeks, Iron Man III will officially start production, August will see the start of production in Thor II and Captain America II will follow suit. Marvel has already confirmed that The Avengers II has been greenlit and work will start on the project as well.
I have already discussed what I want to see for these three franchises in the installments but I will give a brief recap. For Iron Man III, I want to see an adaptation of the Extremis story arc which was written by Warren Ellis. It would see Iron Man deal with his Extremis tech being stolen by the ( finally debuting) Mandarin. Extremis would bond the suit to Tony directly, so it would not be a separate suit of armour but an actual part of him. It is a huge change to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in regards to tech but it is feasible for it to naturally progress this way for Tony. You can read about the Extremis story arc here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremis_(comics)
For Thor II, I would love to see an adaptation of the amazing Surtur Saga story arc which was written by Walt Simonson. The story sees the fire demon Surtur invade both Asgard and Earth, as he wants to let his sword which as known as Twilight, rest in the Eternal Flame that Odin keeps out of his reach. For if Surtur does get possession of the flame, then all existence will burn. This arc would allow two important things to happen 1) it would present a new, more powerful and potential epic villain in Surtur. This will also allow us to escape any possible Loki burnout, since he was a villain for the last two movies Thor was in. 2) In the arc, Loki arrives to stand beside his father and brother to save Asgard, as he realizes that he stands to lose as well if Surtur succeeds. He will not be a true “good guy,” but will selfishly do the right thing. It presents him in a new dynamic, keep his character fresh and allow his appearance during the final stand have a huge impact.
For Captain America II, I would want to see him have to come to terms with Hydra still existing in today’s world. You could have them be more of an underground organization under the control of Baron Zemo, who is trying to find the Red Skull. This will allow the viewers to see how Hydra has evolved, keep the potential of the character of the Red Skull in their minds, allow Zemo to make his debut and also have Cap dealing with the loss of Peggy Carter, the women he fell in lover with in his movie. The struggle to deal with his efforts to adapt to a new world, the loss of Peggy and the quietness of “peace time” would be an emotional story that would then be motivation as Cap discovers Hydra is still active and a serious threat.
The case of The Hulk is a little more….delicate. I know that Marvel and Hulk fans are chomping at the bit to have a third attempt at a successful movie franchise after the great performance of Mark Ruffalo and the character in The Avengers. Joss Whedon finally nailed the character, well both of them, and the CGI was damn near perfect. I am wondering if we should leave the Hulk as a movie character in only The Avengers franchise. This is a unique opportunity to start a “Smallville” type of show that shows a younger Bruce Banner dealing with being the Hulk in “year one” of the creatures existence. The character could be the same as Ruffalo’s but of course played by a younger actor. I would keep the perspective of The Hulk in a first person perspective whenever Banner transforms into the monster so we never really The Hulk. It would create a very unique perspective and give us the exact view of the character that Banner has.
WHAT ABOUT THE REST??
I have heard rumors of a Black Widow or Hawkeye movie but I think it would be a huge mistake to do solo films of each character. Why not do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie that acts as a prequel to The Avengers for all members of the group. It will allow Clark Gregg to reprise his role as Agent Coulson, we can see the history of the Black Widow and Hawkeye that was touched upon in The Avengers and we could be introduced to some potential future Avengers as Hank Pym aka Ant-Man/Giant-Man, Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp, Carol Danvers aka Ms Marvel, as well as T’Challa aka The Black Panther and the start of the process to create The Vision android. An interesting idea would be to have the movie be current time with flashbacks to the past throughout the movie. The reason I like this idea is I think that Hank Pym could be used currently to create Vision but use the mind patterns of the deceased Agent Coulson to give the character a new life and Clark Gregg a way to still be involved.
So what do you think? Do you think the ideas I have are doable or do you have a different idea you would like to share?
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