Badass Digest seems to have gotten their hands on the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and while we should mention that things are in flux during production and could be re-written or changed on the fly, they have a pretty big scoop that has a big effect on the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Spoilers ahead.
In the comics, the members of The Avengers rotate in and out of the team as needed, and apparently the MCU is going to follow that same path. Here’s what Badass has to say:
At the end of Age of Ultron Cap will assemble a team that is a mix of familiar and new faces, leading forward into Phase Three. It’s an exciting mission statement for Marvel Studios, letting audiences know that the Avengers team is more than just the guys who were in the first film. The make-up of that team is, technically, up in the air until that scene is shot (I suspect it’s being saved for either scheduled reshoots or will be snuck into the schedule of Captain America 3, which goes before cameras early next year), but Joss Whedon’s script did indicate who would be on that team. I won’t reveal all the names – and some have changed in between drafts, by the way – but one character who has always been in this new team is Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is a character that’s been at the top of fan wish lists for a while now, but another part of the report says that Marvel may be getting cold feet about introducing the character in this specific way. She’s supposedly going to be an important player in the years to come, and now it seems like the studio isn’t so sure about introducing her to audiences in an almost offhanded way at the very end of a massive team-up film. So while a bunch of versions of the script have Captain/Ms. Marvel in them, there’s still a chance that she might not make the cut in this film. But she’s definitely on Kevin Feige’s mind, so we’ll have to see if she gets introduced in another way or if she’ll get her own movie to introduce her to Marvel fans.
Who else will be a part of Cap’s new Avengers? Well, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver seem like good guesses, and it would certainly be cool to see Doctor Strange pop up too. [Note: Collider is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is finally in the last stages of negotiations to play Stephen Strange, but we’ll write up a full piece on that news once it’s actually confirmed.] And this is pure speculation on my part, but what if we saw Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in there, only for Ant-Man (which hits theaters two months later) to take place before the events of Age of Ultron? That’d be pretty cool.
And what does this mean about the future of Captain America himself? It seems odd to me that this movie ends with Cap being the one to form a new team, considering Chris Evans only has Cap 3 and Avengers 3 left on his Marvel contract. There’s already speculation that Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier or Falcon could take over the Captain America mantle one day, and if that happened, wouldn’t it be weird if Cap brings a new group of Avengers together at the end of Age of Ultron, but doesn’t have the chance to lead them or do anything with them until Avengers 3 (and that’s assuming he’s still alive at the end of Cap 3)? As always, it seems Feige knows what he’s doing, so I’m sure all will become clear in time.
What do you think about the future of the Avengers franchise? Who do you want to see as the new members of the team?
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