Despite creating three Iron Man movies, a Hulk feature, a star-spangled picture for Captain America, an otherworldly film for Thor, and an adventure to house them all in The Avengers, Marvel Studios has yet to scratch the surface when it comes to the exploits these characters have experienced in their numerous decades of publication. The sequel to The Avengers, titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will introduce the new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, along with their own storylines, as they help our original cast battle the robot machinations of Ultron (James Spader).
This story arc is only one of thousands that the Avengers have participated in during their time in the funny pages. There’s a goldmine out there for The Avengers director, Joss Whedon, to choose from and it’s only a matter of time until we see the far reaches of the Marvel-verse be brought to life. Hit the jump to read our choices for Marvel Storylines that could find a great home in theaters.
When a group of untrained super heroes named the New Warriors triggers a series of events that destroy a small town in Connecticut, the government decides that enough is enough. Super heroes are required to become government workers and reveal their secret identities, or be placed under arrest. Iron Man sides with the government, while Captain America amasses a team of rebels to fight the “Super Hero Registration Act.” Robert Downey Jr.’s smug demeanor bouncing off Chris Evans’ staunch exterior already worked masterfully in the first Avengers, and this would take it to the next level.
The storyarc is filled to bursting with classic moments, but for me, seeing thousands of heroes brawling over the New York skyline, as they fall to the ground, would be nothing short of amazing. Civil War offers the perfect opportunity to watch our favorite heroes duke it out, under the banner of a skirmish that’s not so cut and dry.
“You didn’t tell me Hellboy was in the Avengers!” was the most common message I got after the reveal of Thanos at the end of The Avengers. Those of us who have been reading Marvel for a while know better and our excitement could hardly be measured. Thanos is arguably one of the greatest villains in comics today and Infinity Gauntlet is the best example if this. Dubbed the Mad Titan, Thanos is an extraterrestrial madman who gets his hands on a gauntlet that, for lack of a better term, makes him God. A larger space opera in comics is few and far between, and seeing the Avengers take on a villain who, by definition, cannot be defeated would make many a fanboy’s life complete. The word “epic” hardly does this story justice.
A more simplistic premise you couldn’t ask for. Take all the most popular heroes and all the most popular villains, stick them on a deserted planet and watch them go at it. Originally a successful comic book story created to sell a new toyline, the story caught on and is still fondly remembered decades later, with lasting repercussions for many characters. Most notably, this storyline planted the seeds for Venom, paving the way for Sam Raimi and Topher Grace to bring the popular character to life. Seeing all the heroes on the same screen is one thing, but I for one would love to see the return of Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull, Tim Roth’s Abomination, and maybe even Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane come back to haunt our heroes.
The villains win. This is the premise of Dark Reign, which finds Nick Fury out of a job and Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, taking over what’s left of SHIELD. Norman uses the opportunity to create his own team of “Dark Avengers,” patrolling the world with a dark edge. Seeing the original team of do-gooders take a step to the side as their evil counterparts do their jobs, with the eventual big-budget blow out, would create for some great on-screen drama.
The New Avengers
As much as we hate to admit it, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t going to always be Tony Stark. Who knows how long we’ll have Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson? Hugh Jackman, though? He’s going to be Wolverine forever. New Avengers was an idea created by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis to take a few old favorite Avengers, add Spiderman and Wolverine to the mix, and watch sales skyrocket. How often have we wanted to see Spiderman fighting alongside a team of heroes on screen? When will we finally see Wolverine be listed as one of the world’s greatest heroes in theaters? There have always been rumors of ties between all the Marvel films, so it is only a matter of time before all the studio heads sit down and make this idea a reality.