Lots of news, images, concept art, and interviews coming out of San Diego this week in regard to the new Avengers flick. I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the ice berg yet as there is still a lot to be unveiled before week’s end. One thing is for sure: It is very exciting to be a Marvel fan right now. I think that Joss Whedon and company have the chips in place to make a HUGE play in the box office if this whole thing is set up right. But nevermind the box office, what about the story? How will it be set up? More importantly, how will Avengers: Age of Ultron's likely success lead into the next phase of Avengers films and the eventual Avengers 3? Here's what I think:
Stark: There will be a LOT of emphasis on Stark. Based on the piece for Entertainment Weekly pretty much giving the plot synopsis, Stark will likely become a hated man before the end of the new Avengers film. If he creates Ultron and Ultron destroys (or attempts to destroy) the world, he will become public enemy #1. This is not a new place for Tony Stark as this has happened to him several times in the comic books; eventually emerging stronger than ever. This sets up a perfect motif for Iron Man 4; the idea of redemption.
Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch: I have no idea how Marvel Studios’ version of Quicksilver will top the one that Fox made in X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, like in the X-Men flick, I’m sure his role will not be an important one. If anything, him and his sister will be supplemental characters to the main Avengers core. Why are they here in the first place? My theory is that with the new big bad ass villain that is Ultron (and his ability to replicate and create drones), the Avengers will not be able to defeat this beast on their own. They will need help; lots of it.
Ant Man: They HAVE to introduce Pym in the movie. If they do not, that will be a grave injustice to the character of Hank Pym; considering he is the one that creates Ultron in the books. While in the movie if Stark is Ultron’s creator, then Pym could be the solution. Pym’s nano-technology and research in artificial intelligence could bring about the solution of Ultron’s undoing. Not to mention introduce the character for his film as well.
Avengers Disassembled: The Avengers team has disassembled in the books before. With the studio building up the idea that Ultron will become such a disaster for the planet, he may be the one thing to finally make the Avengers fail. I can only imagine that would or could lead to their eventual break up. Who knows, maybe one of the less important ones dies? New concept: The Avengers can’t get it done anymore, they couldn’t help the world with SHIELD gone, they cause more problems than they solve (Loki from Thor & Ultron from Stark); time to call it quits. Cue the entrance of…
Thanos: He was introduced at the end of the first Avengers film. We knew he would be entering in the mix at some point. How perfect would it be for one of the worst villains in the Marvel universe to make his entrance and try to take over the world with the Avengers disbanded and SHIELD gone with no heroes left to protect the world? This could easily be built up with the next wave of Avengers films and set him up as the arch nemesis in Avengers 3. To defeat Thanos’ army they will need all hands on deck: The Avengers (now including Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ant Man) and…
Guardians of the Galaxy: The idea that other worlds exist was already introduced in Thor and further explored in the first Avengers film. “Guardians” will go even deeper and further expand the Marvel universe to other worlds. The infinity gems were already teased at in the post credits scene in Thor: The Dark World.
Like I said, Marvel Studios has a BIG opportunity to do this thing right and set up beautifully for a great second Avengers film and subsequent phase 3 of films (including Avengers 3). With Joss Whedon and company at the helm, I can only hope it turns out a massive success (I have faith). The mentioned above is how I would do it, but I don’t work for Marvel so likely only few of those ideas would be incorporated into the real deal. They may be only theories or hopes but as a huge Marvel fan in a world of many, I’m very excited to see how it all unfolds. Here’s to the Avengers!