Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Next for The Avengers? Part 2

This is going to be huge... what'll it cost man, what'll it cost?
So here's my problem with making a sequel to the Avengers. The movie is amazing, and right now it's on track to pass The Dark Knight for the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the domestic market and on track to pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the worldwide box office. I'm curious to see how much out of the 1.309 billion dollars the movie went to the cast. Getting the cast together for this movie is an achievement to say the least, and if they intend to add more heroes and heroines to the roster they'll be adding to a very large cast of people.

A fanboy can only dream.
When the cast and director trotted out on stage at comic con a few years back I was excited to say the least. I was excited to see Joss Whedon in the saddle of a major project acting as the screenwriter and director. The you have the golden boy RDJ, who's career has somewhat fizzled before getting the role of a lifetime as Iron Man (can you say niche casting?) You also have one of the hottest women in hollywood slipping into some leather and kicking some serious ass with Scarlett Johansson playing the Black Widow. You add some serious beef with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth who both had successful movies as Captain America and Thor. When you add Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo, two academy award nominees, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L Muthafuckin' Jackson and you've got a big cast.

With what happened in the movie and getting a taste of what's coming down the pipe, it stands to reason that the Avengers are going to need more guns. But how will they fit them all in one movie? This movie ran over 2 hours and the last half hour or so was a frenetically paced action sequence, the rest was dialogue. Some people crunched the numbers and looked at how much screen type each character had. Hawkeye only had 12 minutes or so of screen time besides his brief cameo in Thor whereas Iron Man, the patriarch of the Marvel universe, was on screen 37 minutes and Captain America was on screen a few seconds more than he. If they added more heroes who would get the shaft? Would they boot Ruffalo's Bruce Banner until they need him to Hulk-up and smash? While I'd love to see Ant Man and Wasp flying around with Thor and Hulk would they possibly be given more screen time than Iron Man or Cap? Will they push out Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. or put them on the fringes as ancillary characters, can you see SLJ as window dressing?

Seeing as how the next three movies announced for 2013 and 2014 are Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 it will be a couple of years before we get an Avengers 2. I say Marvel introduce Doctor Strange and Heroes for Hire and add in the Hulk and do a Defenders movie and then when they finally do an Ant Man movie you can have him Wasp and Hawkeye move to LA with Iron Man and do a West Coast Avengers movie. Once they're all introduced then you can do a massive sequel, but lay the groundwork in smaller movies that either introduce more heroes or crossover smaller bands of heroes first. And with what's been hinted at you're going to want to go big or go home.

Avengers Assemble!

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