I can't tell you how many articles with "insider" info I have seen regarding what is going on with the Justice League movie, but it is enough to drive me batty (no pun intended.) I have been on the fence about the idea ever since I heard the rumor of it. I knew it was much too large of a concept with too many prime time players involved to fit in one movie. You have the Holy Trinity (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) as well as other heroes who are great in their own right and shouldn't be subjected to playing Silent Bob to Super/Bat/Wonder J. Of course I'm not telling you anything I haven't already said before (which I have a tendency to do.) Fear not true believers, this column is hopping to the Marvel side of things. I say forget The JLA for now and let's focus on an Avengers movie. I say never let me be complete. I say let's evolve and let the chips fall where they may. Oops, wrong movie.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Let's first start off with a brief description of the Avengers team and how they got started (and I will make as non-comic book fan friendly as possible.) Thor's evil step-brother Loki tried to trick Thor into fighting the Hulk in a fake radio call. Unfortunately for Loki, the radio call was picked up by Ant-Man, The Wasp, Rick Jones (the guy Bruce Banner saved from exposure to the gamma bomb explosion that changed him into the Hulk) and Iron Man. They all met up and discovered Loki's plan, stopping him just in time. The team worked together so well that they decided to make the team permanent, calling themselves "The Avengers". The line-up has changed drastically since it's inception in 1963 to include greats like Captain Marvel, Quasar, Wonder Man, Spiderman, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Astro Vance and many more.
Well I could turn this into
a "which actor/actress should play which role" column, but I will save that for later. I would much rather focus on what the line-up for this movie should be. There is a veritable cornucopia of who's who that could make up this illustrious team. I want to go through my fan-boy dream list I have had rolling around in my head for a long time (and more so now with the news that Jon Favreau mentioned wanting to make an Avengers movie.) I will give the roster and my reasoning, as strange as it may seem, for why each character should be a part of the team. The first few are going to be obvious choices.
Look out Wonder Woman, here's Ms. Marvel.
This is a no brainer. With the movie out in theaters and since Robert Downey Jr. did such a good job as Iron Man/Tony Stark there should not be much thought here. Plus he was one of the original members of the Avengers in the comic book. That would be like having THE SIMPSON'S without Grandpa Simpson.
This should be another obvious choice. THE INCREDIBLE HULK will be out in theaters July 13th. Edward Norton should be great as Bruce Banner/Hulk. And to top it all off Robert Downey Jr. is going to make a cameo as Tony Stark, sans the Iron Man suit, in the movie so you already have two team members with respective actors to fills their torn purple pants and iron shoes (so to speak.) He is one of the original members of the Avengers which would also suggest that Rick Jones should be in the movie too (after all he was to the Avengers what Jimmy Olson is to Superman.)
Ant-Man/Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym
There are rumors swirling around the web that Edgar Wright, one of the two geniuses that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is toying with the idea of making an Ant-Man movie. Granted this would
probably be a comedy (and a darn good one if his other films are an indication) and that is fine. He is one of the original members of the Avengers as well. The reason it is so important that Ant-Man, Hulk, and Iron Man are in this movie is because they will have their own movies with their own origins (crossing my fingers on Ant-Man) so there will be less time required to tell everybody's stories.
Yes it is gratuitous, but she still kicks butt.
Come on, you can't have an Avengers movie without the mighty Asgardian God of Thunder and son of Odin can you? That was a rhetorical question. He was one of the major players that brought the team together. If the Avengers were the Blues Brothers, Hulk and Thor would be Jake and Elwood Blues (respectively.)
Ms. Marvel/Carol Susan Jane Danvers
This list was starting to turn into a sausage-fest. Seriously though, you have to have Ms. Marvel in this movie. She is one of the toughest heroes that have ever been a member of the Avengers. She has gone toe to toe with some of the worst villains that even gave Captain Marvel (who she basically got her powers from) a run for his money and that is saying something. She had nearly all of her life-force and her powers drained out of her by Rouge and came back stronger than ever. It wouldn't be right without her amongst the ranks.
There always must be a balance between brains and brawn. Superman had Batman, Apollo had Midnighter, Roger Murtaugh had Martin Riggs, Yogi had Boo Boo and Ms. Marvel has Spider-Woman. The two play off each other so well in the New Avengers series (Pre-Civil War) that I would hope for that translate over to the big screen.
Wasp/Janet van Dyne
She rounded out the
original line-up and went on to become Janet Pym, the wife of Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym/Ant-Man. Hopefully they would leave out there tumultuous marriage resulting in his verbal/physical abuse of her and her affair with Clinton Barton/ Hawkeye. In the beginning they were quite a lovely couple, I swear to Gog.
The possibilites are nigh-endless.
That makes seven team members, if nothing else, suitable for a reality TV show in which they all are put up in a posh house and forced to get along for a few months to see what happens when things stop being polite and start getting avenging. I think this would make for a great line-up and movie. If you want to really have a JLA fix, think of it this way: Iron Man = Batman or Green Lantern, Thor = Superman, Ms. Marvel = Wonder Woman, Spider-Woman = Hawk Girl, Ant-Man =Atom and Wasp = Bumblebee. Okay she was only in the Teen Titans and Doom Patrol, but that's the same right? Yeah, well it's my column so there. The point is that with the right ingredients (characters and cast which will be a future column) I think The Mighty Avengers could be up there with X-MEN in great "comic book team movie adaptation" history. Thanks for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!
***I would like to give an honorable mention to the following heroes who would have also been great additions to the movie: Wonderman, Captain Marvel (both Mar-Vel and Genis-Vel), Black Widow, Quasar (both Wendell Vaughn and Phyla-Vel), Vision, Hawkeye, Sentry, Ares, Black Panther, Power Man (Erik Josten), Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hercules, Black Knight, Power Man (Luke Cage), Iron Fist and too many others to list.***
****Marvel has confirmed that there is a sequel to Iron Man, a Thor and an Avengers movie called "Avengers: Captain America" in the planning stages.****
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