THE AVENGERS knocked it right out of the park. Pretty much the only people who didn't like this movie are snobby twit critics who take their jobs way to seriously. It broke the box office record, and a sequel has already been green lit. This is going to follow sequels for Thor, Ironman, and Captain America. There's a lot of expectations going around, so I'm going to share mine.
As far as over all, I like how they've handled things. Going into the next sequel cycle, I'd like some build up to a show down with the big bad they showed during the first extra scene in the credits. The Infinity Gauntlet was shown during Thor, so maybe play with that a bit.
As for the Thor movie, I think an obvious choice in villains is The Enchantress along with the Executioner. I'm not too stoked with piling on villains for movie sequels, but these two go really well together. The Enchantress can be a fun foil to the Natalie Portman played Jane, and make for an interesting pseudo-love triangle bit. Meanwhile you've got The Executioner there for the big time throwdowns that are a must for these flicks. And if during a big battle a certain glove gets lost and the six certain gems get scattered, I'm seeing no problem with that.
The Ironman movie is a bit trickier. Marvel isn't wanting to use Chinese characters as major villains in these movies for fear of a possible backlash and maybe accusations of racism. This sucks because a lot of fans are wanting to see the Mandarin, especially with everything they hinted at in the first movie. This also rules out The Radioactive Man. My next thought would be The Titanium Man, but using him right after the Whiplash/Crimson Dynamo gestalt seems too soon. Back-to-back Russian armor wearers might not go over very well. This is where we hit tricky ground because we're ruling out a lot of top flight opponents. I'm thinking its about the right spot to put in M.O.D.O.K. and introduce AIM. Probably won't have the goofy yellow jumpsuits, and the M.O.D.O.K. design will need a bit of tweaking, but I think that would make for a fun ride. Might also be a good place for a missing gem or two to be recovered.
The Captain America movie has no shortage of bad guys to pull from. The great thing is he's got a ton of Neo-Nazi baddies, and if you can't kick the crap out of a Nazi, then there's just no point anymore. Still, I think it would be a good idea to have the main baddie be someone more current, and not a WWII hold over. At this point, as we saw in THE AVENGERS, Cap is still getting adjusted to the modern world. Having a modern villain can really build conflict, not just between the two foes, but with Cap's whole situation. I'd like to have Crossbones for this. He's got ties to the Red Skull, and would be a good bridge character. Taskmaster trained him, so having him in there for a bit would also be fun.
After Mark Ruffalo's brilliant performance there's been a bit of buzz about a possible Hulk movie. I'm game for it as Ruffalo was really, really good in THE AVENGERS and the Hulk had many of the best scenes. Since I'm picking villain's here, I'd go with The Leader. Some of us got to chatting about this on Google Plus, so I've thought about it a bit. I'd have Banner up north, and have him run afoul a Wendigo. This way you get some good monster on monster violence. Have the Leader be behind the scenes a bit looking to tap the power of the Wendigo, but he goes after the Hulk instead. His quest for the Hulk's power turns him into the big headed green guy we all know.
There's also been a lot of call for an Ant-man movie. I really don't know about that one. Sure, I'd love to see The Wasp, but I don't think Ant-man as a character has enough to him to carry a movie. Yes, I do know he was one of the founding members of the Avengers. However, that's not quite enough to warrant getting your own major motion picture. Thor, Cap, and Ironman are the Marvel Trinity characters. Hulk as been immensely popular for decades. They make sense. Ant-man just doesn't rank up there. Introduce him in one of the sequel flicks and work him in there. The next Ironman film would be the best fit.
There's a lot of characters I think of when I think of The Avengers: Wonder-man, The Vision, Ms. Marvel, The Scarlet Witch, Beast, and The Black Panther. I doubt you'll be able to had too many more characters into the sequels as it would make AVENGERS 2 an unwieldy mess. We don't want that. Work in Ant-Man and The Wasp, keep the cast they have.
For the sequel, everyone's looking to have the team take on Thanos. May as well give the people what they want. Whether or not they use the Infinity Gems as a plot device is fine with me. My favorite Thanos stories involved the gems so I'm obviously biased here. Either way, it should be a bunch of good summers coming up if you're a fan of what Marvel's been up to the last few years.
That said, if you're wanting to check out the movie and haven't, go to a theater, and don't be a dick downloading the thing. The studio makes more money that they can use to continue to entertain us. besides which, watching these flicks on the big screen is completely awesome.
Yeah, been a rough few weeks, so I'm tossing this one on out there.
Off to work. See y'all Friday.