Joss Whedon’s 2011 summer blockbuster, THE AVENGERS, was a massive hit bringing in over $1.5 billion and becoming the third highest grossing film of all-time. Whedon is already hard at work on the screenplay for the second film which will introduce two new villains, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. It seems as though the Marvel Cinematic Universe can only get bigger. And that’s what it is ultimately, a universe. A universe with endless possibilities that has to expand.
Robert Downey Jr. was announced to have signed a contract that will have him return for The Avengers 2 and 3. But no Iron Man 4… Why? Presumably because they don’t want to tire out the series, but also because they need to begin focusing and introducing the new characters. Who? Ant-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, and the Vision are among the rumored characters to be joining the MCU. I assume that Thor and Captain America will also get third installments in Phase 3, but will that be the end for their solo films too, like Iron Man 3?
If Marvel stops making solo films for the main and original Avengers, I can only hope that they don’t sideline our favorite heroes for future Avengers films. There is a reason The Avengers made so much money, because of the characters and the storyline. Sure, a storyline with a Black Panther and Ant-Man Avengers film would be pretty awesome, but would it really be the same as one with Cap’n Rogers and Thor fighting side by side while Iron Man zooms by shooting guys off buildings and Hulk smashing random crap? No! It wouldn’t!
All of these rumors I hear every single day about another actor denying he’s Ant-Man and El Mayimbe claiming he has more news on the Doctor Strange film just worries me more and more. One of the reasons the Star Wars Prequels weren’t adored by everyone as much as the Original Tril0gy was because it just wasn’t the same without the characters we knew and loved. No Luke, Leia, Han, or Darth Vader. It didn’t exactly seem like Star Wars at first.
By The Avengers 3 I fully expect Tony Stark to be somewhat of an advisor to the Avengers in a pseudo Nick Fury role. I’m not saying he’ll barely be in the film, but I’m saying his role will be reduced. The more characters they introduce, the less screentime each character will get.
Even so, Joss Whedon has announced that The Avengers 2 will focus on the struggle to remain as a team, so I expect it to still focus on the original Avengers.
‘The Avengers 2′ is currently in pre-production and is set for a release date of May 1, 2015.