The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, made its teaser debut last week to a spectacular effect, drawing in millions of hits on YouTube despite it being leaked by “Hydra” before the official airing.
If you thought that was impressive, wait till you hear what Kevin Feige told Buzzfeed. According to Nerdist, Feige spoke to Buzzfeed about changing the roster we’ve come to know and love in the “Avengers” lineup following the next film, “Age Of Ultron.”
“It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event,” Feige tells Buzzfeed. “Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”
This looks promising as it is, as we now have Scarlet Witch, Vision and Quicksilver making their MCU debut in this film, but switching up the formula can be especially dangerous. Removing a beloved character from a franchise can have some serious negative backlash with the fans. Thankfully, Marvel has seldom disappointed in their delivery.
Who’s on the chopping block? Only the screenplay writers know. But thankfully, as a film critic, this writer can help shed some light on what may be, and quell anxious desires to know.
From what we’ve seen in the trailer, it can really be anyone at this point, but this writer is already calling it, hands down, for Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
As Ruffalo has never had the chance to star in his own Hulk movie, this would be an excellent time to break away from the team and focus on his own story arc. Given what we saw as he dukes it out with Iron Man (in the Hulk Buster armor), and the speculation we can derive about the trailer (hinting a possible stint getting experimented on by Hydra remnants) he is very likely the character to be departing after 2015.
We see Banner shaking under a blanket, stumbling in the woods, the eerie roll of a gurney through an abandoned looking hospital from ages ago. Combine this with his fist fight with Stark, and the almost romantic palm touch with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow during a very likely violent fight scene, and you’ve got a recipe for: “This isn’t what you need anymore,” or more likely: Crazed Banner, out of his mind, breaks, flees the team, and we get setup for “Planet Hulk” in the near future.
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has been announced for “Captain America 3,” but as his adversary. And as we saw with his last three movies, the guy isn’t getting any younger. By his comment “This is the end of the path I started us on,” we can assume he’s also a likely candidate for the person to bow out of the alliance, especially since Ultron’s uprising is sort of entirely his fault in this film. But as previously mentioned, Hulk would more likely be the man to be leaving. It makes more sense in the narrative, and since Downey isn’t doing any more Iron Man movies (as far as we know), it would be kind of disappointing to see him just completely disappear from the action after Cap 3.
On the other hand, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is probably the least likely, with Dr. Donald Blake/Thor (Chris Hemsworth) following.
The two are among the younger end of the Avengers cast, and still have a lot to offer to the screen. Since there’s not going to be another Iron Man film, and these things tend to come in threes, we can suspect that there’ll still be a third Thor movie in addition to the Cap, but Black Widow’s screen time would be a treat to explore as well as Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
Though, the latter two are almost entirely unlikely to leave, if they don’t get their own spinoffs (and they absolutely should) they can still play second gun to other Avengers and ultimate reassemble in “Avengers 3” somewhere down the long road of the MCU.
Who do you think is leaving roster? More importantly, who’s going to take their place? Are we finally going to see a Spiderman we can live with? Or is the hole just sort of going to stay there?
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