A little speculation never hurt anybody. And so, with the Avengers movie due to come to theaters near you tomorrow (Skip the box office lines. Buy advance tickets to The Avengers.), there is no better time for a healthy dose of conjecture.
“But Random Fanboy Blogger on the Internet”, you say, “What could you possibly talk about that hasn’t already been covered extensively by other websites?”
Well, Hypothetical scoffing reader, if you’d calm down and let me finish, I will tell you exactly what I want to talk about. Ready? Got your panties out of the bunch? Good.
One of the most fascinating things about the recent movies produced by Marvel Studios is that they were set in the same universe (and Marvel made every effort to make sure you knew, so if you didn’t, shame on you). Little things hidden in the films alluded to other characters or events from the comics. Most of the (then) upcoming movies were also hinted at during post-credits scenes from other Marvel titles.
It all started with Iron Man:
Which lead to an appearance by Tony Stark in the Incredible Hulk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1awFRjX6dM4 (this is best I could find on YouTube)
Which then became part of a short film entitled “The Consultant”
The tradition continued in Thor:
And in Captain America: The First Avenger:
In fact, all those Easter eggs and teasers after the credits were painstakingly planted to make sure fans knew what to expect in the future and to feel immersed in this “Marvel Cinematic Universe”. If you think about it, the Avengers is the penultimate goal of all that inter-movie continuity. Every single one of those little details seen in the movies you’ve watched so far pointed to the Avengers. So if something this awesome is heralded by Easter eggs and post credit teasers, wouldn’t it be logical to assume the Avengers would follow that pattern, thereby leading us to something even more awesome? And if so, shouldn’t we be guessing as to what exactly those Easter eggs and teasers will be, as well as what they will hint at? Also, am I asking too many questions and making you confused? Sorry.
You probably knew exactly what this article was about the moment you read the title, but I felt compelled to introduce the topic anyway. That’s how I roll: verbose style. Deal with it. Without further ado, the list:
1. Dr. Strange
Rumors have circulated that Thanos, the Mad Titan will be a secondary or peripheral villain in the Avengers film, who supposedly provides Loki with the army seen the trailers. Though it sounds extremely plausible and completely sweet, we are still going to open ourselves up to other possibilities.
If Thanos does indeed make an appearance (or more than that) in the Avengers film, then get ready. His presence means the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets cosmic and a lot more expansive. Thanos, a mutant of a superhuman race known as the Eternals (that’s right, he is a mutated member of an already super powerful race of beings), is a frequent threat to the Marvel Comics Universe. He is also tied with powerful artifacts, one of which is the Cosmic Cube, or the Tesseract. Ring a bell? Yep, that’s the thing the characters have been fussing about in the trailers.
Thanos is also known for his central role as the antagonist in the 6 issue series The Infinity Gauntlet, wherein he comes into possession of the eponymous artifact. Perceptive and dedicated fanboys will know that the Gauntlet has already been made as a prop for Thor. The artifact is apparently housed in Odin’s vault, along with other powerful items in the Marvel Universe.
Like many of the super heroes on this list, Luke Cage is on the list of properties Marvel wishes to bring to the silver screen. Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, has stated that they are actively planning on developing a Luke Cage or Heroes for Hire movie. Who knows? Maybe the hero from Harlem will be seen in the Avengers.
Luke Cage is, however, planned to co-star in the new Jessica Jones T.V. Show, so it will be a mystery as to whether or not he will debut there instead. Let’s hope Marvel does a good job of bringing him into the spotlight. I hope they keep the same actor for Power Man in both the T.V. series and the movies to keep some semblance of continuity, but seldom does Hollywood work that way. Still, one can dream.
I struggled with whether or not to include Morbius on the list. Being a b-lister at best, I didn’t think it would make sense for him to show up in the Avengers. But hey, we’re an observant group of bloggers, and since everyone is saying there is supposed to be a “vampire” post credits (yeah, apparently in IMDb a cast member is credited as a vampire), we’ll go ahead and talk about that.
Morbius, the Living Vampire is a complex villain. He’s not really a vampire in the traditional sense- hence the name, “Living Vampire”. Sure, he drinks blood and avoids sunlight, but he isn’t afraid of garlic or crosses. He’s a vampire born of science, if you will. A freak accident gave him his powers, very much like his main nemesis, Spider-Man.
So how does this fit with what’s going on the Avengers? Beats me. Of course, if Joss Whedon decided Morbius served a purpose in the film, who are we to judge? There must be something they could come up with to fit him in while keeping character origins intact. I don’t know, maybe Dr. Michael Morbius helps S.H.I.E.L.D. do an autopsy on the alien invaders? After all, he is a Nobel Prize winning biochemist. There could be something in there.
I think Nova is underrated. I really do. For the uninitiated, Richard Rider, A.K.A. Nova, was just a high school student when he gained his powers. Rhomann Dey, a dying alien, travels to Earth after sustaining grievous injuries in battle. Being the last member of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic peace keeping organization, Dey has no choice but to transfer all his powers to Rider, who was the first person he saw.
Aside from the obvious similarities with DC’s Green Lantern Corps, Nova is an awesome character. What makes Richard Rider special is he faces the grim responsibility of being the last Nova Centurion as a teenager. All the inner turmoil over galactic policing duties is awesome.
So how does this connect to the Avengers? Well, Marvel execs have voiced interest in producing new films on Marvel’s not-as-popular characters, and Nova is one of them. Also, being that Avengers takes place during an alien invasion, there is room for Nova somewhere in the post credits. Maybe it is revealed after the credits that he was investigating the alien invaders in space? That would be sweet.