Over the weekend, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest published an article that contained some very interesting information about Marvel’s Avengers 3. As soon as Age of Ultron was announced as the title for Avengers 2, fans pretty much knew that meant we wouldn’t see a giant Infinity Gauntlet throwdown between Thanos and The Avengers in that movie. Naturally, the assumption has since shifted to Avengers 3 as the likely cinematic battleground between The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up to fight Thanos. But what if that isn’t what Kevin Feige and Marvel have up their sleeves? From BAD:
Marvel isn’t splitting Avengers 3 into two movies, but they are planning Avengers 3 as the springboard to… something else. And they’re going to use their biggest characters in that something else, keeping them out of Avengers 3.
Robert Downey Jr. only has one more movie on his Marvel contract, and the two Chrises (Evans and Hemsworth) are getting close to the end of their deals with the studio as well. There could be renegotiations that take place to extend their time in the MCU, but that would result in Marvel having to pay these guys far more than the notoriously cheap studio would like. Plus, with the recent success of the outstanding Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios has proven that the brand is what people are excited about, not necessarily any particular actor. They’re also gearing up to begin Phase Three, which has the potential to launch new franchises if they’re as successful as the studio hopes.
So here’s where the speculation part comes in. Based on what he’s been hearing, Devin suggests (and again, this isn’t confirmed or official) that most of the “big guns” sit out Avengers 3 and appear in an even bigger film, one that Avengers 3 sets up. The big guns are presumably Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, and Johansson, but not Downey, because it appears his contract specifies Avengers 3 as his next movie. What if THAT movie is the one in which everyone – The Avengers, Guardians, Ant-Man, Ms. Marvel, Doctor Strange, and all of Marvel’s TV heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the rest – team up to face off against Thanos? That would be completely and totally insane, but Marvel has completely reshaped how Hollywood approaches making tentpole films already, and it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where this plays out over the next few years.
Your gut reaction is probably the same that mine was when I heard this: “Holy crap, that would be amazing!” But if you stop and think about it…would it, really? Joss Whedon worked wonders with the screenplay for The Avengers, giving everyone their due and making it work despite the fact that there were a ton of major characters (most of whom already had their own films) to juggle. From the sound of it, he’s done the same thing with Avengers: Age of Ultron. But this giant film we’re talking about – the one that might contain everyone in the Marvel universe thus far – might actually be a little bit too much. There would be so many characters to check in on that you probably wouldn’t care about anyone because the film would feel so schizophrenic bouncing around to cover all of its bases.
The only way I can see this working is if Avengers 3 ends with everyone staring down Thanos, and then this new movie is literally nothing but the battle. Just two straight hours of chaotic cinematic insanity, of laser bursts and spells cast and shocking deaths. Would it be a good movie, by the normal definition? No, because you can’t possibly expect to tell a coherent three-act story with all of those characters in two hours. But would it be an interesting filmmaking exercise? Absolutely. Again, this is all speculation on my part, so there’s nothing to freak out about yet. And listen, if I’ve thought of this stuff, you can be damn sure that Kevin Feige has thought about it, and he probably already has solutions in mind to mitigate some of these story concerns, if in fact this is the direction Marvel chooses to go.
Not only do I stand behind my AVENGERS 3 story, I now double down on it – the lack of these characters will be VERY story driven.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) October 6, 2014
Marvel Phase Three is going to have more WINTER SOLDIER-level surprises for us.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) October 6, 2014
I've heard even crazier things about AVENGERS 3 that definitely add some validity to the latest rumors. Like crazy game-changers on the way
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) October 6, 2014
What do you think? Does the idea of a mega-movie featuring all the major players in the Marvel universe sound appealing to you, or would it be too much?
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