Marvel Storylines Ready for the Movie-Verse Including CIVIL WAR, DARK REIGN and THE NEW AVENGERS

     September 1, 2013


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.

Civil War


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.

Infinity Gauntlet


“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.

Secret Wars


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.

Dark Reign


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.


  • Bobby

    Honestly the Civil War storyline would make way more money than avatar if it is made and if they don’t it just shows that the studios don’t know what people want.

  • Julio Navas

    Really good article. Got to learn things i don´t know about the Marvel Universe.

    • Evan

      Thanks Julio! Come back to Collider for more articles in the future!

  • Nerdgasm

    Again this is just a wash of an article and reminds me of the dumb shit articles that Movie Pilot spins out on a constant and annoying basis. Further more I wouldn’t wanna see a civil war comic soon. the whol epoint of that story is in it’s title. Brothers fighting brothers and at this point with the only handful of heroes we have this story wouldn’t make a good impact on watchers. give it till phase 6 or 7. yes maybe we don’t have Iron man or Cap anymore but as long as the two hreoes at the front have an estabalished bond that is broken by the registration act and that also cuts a few other relationships in two. That’s all that we need.

    • Agent777

      Marvel jumped the shark before getting to the beach. All my friends and my girlfriend who have seen the recent Marvel films and are not familiar with Marvel neither really like or get them. Of my few friends who are into Marvel, it’s so hit or miss, at most we enjoy a few scenes or a certain performance.

      On the other hand, everyone loves the Batman films, even the Schumacher ones, though we’ve all only read a few graphic novels here and there.

      I just think Marvel’s doing some weird s%^t which won’t really stand the test of time but maybe, I hope, lays the foundation for another unrelated wave of Marvel films in a few decades. Films that actually brings to life the works of Lee, Ditko, Kirby, Strenko, Romita, etc.

  • Chris

    All the Marvel fans I’ve spoken with are betting “Infinity Gauntlet” will be the basis, if not the inspiration for “The Avengers 3″


    as much as I would love to see hugh jackman join the avengers as wolverine, I think the fox x-men universe is too far established to join the mcu in terms of continuity. it would be really hard for them to just be like ‘oh mutants have existed this whole time and it had no effect on shield or the other avengers’. that being said, it will be interesting to see how quicksilver and scarlet witch are dealt with in age of ultron, and how their abilities will be explained

  • pinkincide

    Patton Oswalt’s filibuster has ruined me for all other plot lines.

  • anonymouse

    Some of these are fun to dream about, but unrealistic considering which studios own the film rights to Spider-Man and the X-Universe.

  • Django9000

    Really I think Kevin Feige’s the smartest man in the room over there. Riddle me this: What giant world-spanning crossover tie-in was THE AVENGERS film based on?

    Answer: NONE . And ALL of these. Marvel knows what it’s doing. Have you read Inifinity Gauntlet recently? It’s written for 13 year old kids. Sure we ate it up at the time – but what Marvel Studios is making good on is the opportunity to make Film Worthy depictions of all its fantastic characters & stories.

    THOR? Based on no single book or story. The Dark World? Will be based on no single book. The Winter Soldier? Prob very loosely based on a very good book.

    Okay my theory’s got a lil’ seam open but – you see the pattern here is that they’ll do whatever the hell they want. If it’s adaptable to the screen – that’s a process they’re willing to undergo. If it’s only just action scenes without much substantial character development – i.e. Infinity Gauntlet, then they’d rather do something TOTALLY left of field. Like Guardians of the Galaxy. See where I’m comin from? Essentially, because you or I could predict any of these things listed in this article – they would rather do none of these things, and instead focus on how best to surprise us, as fans – and as moviegoers.

    • Django9000

      Although I have to agree any cinematic version of Secret Wars, Civil War, or Infinity Gauntlet – provided they have the rights to properties necessary to execute adaptable approximations of them (just picture all of these sans Wolverine, Spidey, X-anybody, the Punisher or the FF) – would be awesome. That’s their other criteria. They don’t seem interested in doing things if they’re not awesome. (Which is usually a good place to start)

      • Agent777

        I’m sure the Marvel films are much better when you only have yourself to talk to.

      • Django9000

        Hm. Simultaneously creating while contributing nothing to a conversation. Nice trick. Somebody alert that dude from Troll Hunter, stat! =]

    • Evan

      Excellent points.

      To be fair, I read Infinity Gauntlet for the first time when I was…8 I think (and about a million times afterward)? I can still remember thinking that when Thanos killed all the heroes, they were dead forever. No more Spiderman and Wolverine I thought.
      No one storyline will be a direct adaptation, sure. There’s no way you would have EVERY character in Civil War appear, but the basic structure of the story and the message could still hold true.

  • Baby Jean

    Civil war would probably cost 1billion $ to make. Infinite Gauntlet would be my most anticipated. Done right, it would be tremendous. Secret Wars and Dark Reign are probably the least valuable, but then I wouldn’t know, because I haven’t read them. New Avengers would be awesome if they could get a new Wolvie more closely resembling his comic book version. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jackman’s portrayal, but if I had one gripe, it would be that his Wolverine fights like a hobo with knives. Besides, Marvel would first have to get some of these characters back. A tall order…

  • LEM

    Marvel needs full control of all the properties to do anything. I really hope they use Agents of Shield as a proving ground for new heroes instead of just a weekly series with loose ties to the franchise.

  • Christopher

    You’re forgetting about Secret War. Of course they’d have to swap out references to Dr. Doom for another villain, but the story would work well as a film.

  • Agent777

    The money I save not seeing this crap will buy many a Marvel Omnibus.

  • DoobieDave

    Considering they are bringing in Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver for Avengers 2, I think the best idea would be to have Avengers 3 be Avengers Disassembled/House of M. That way they could kill off/create alternative versions of any heroes, thereby setting it up for new actors to play the Avengers later on.

  • yrotsih

    Go ahead, adapt all these great comic book storylines. I will commit suicide the very next day

    • Evan

      Don’t do this. The world needs you!