Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Avengers Assemble? part 3

What's that? You want more of my thoughts on who will and who won't appear in some form or another in the upcoming Avengers movie? Oh. Well, you're getting them anyway!

Ms. Marvel / Binary / Warbird (Carol Danvers)
Joined: Avengers #171

Ms. Marvel has been through her fair share of problems since joining the Avengers. She was visited by Marcus, a man from another dimension, who lured her to his own dimension and used mind control to make her think she loved him so he could impregnate her with himself, thus allowing him to be born into our world. Effectively being raped, Carol was still under his control when she agreed to return to his dimension with him. But the effects of interdimensional travel proved too much for him, and he died, freeing Carol's mind, but leaving her traumatised. When she finally returned home, she was attacked by Rogue, the future X-Man, who permanently robbed her of her powers and memories. With the help of Professor X, her memories were returned to her, but she had no emotional attachment to them any more. She then gained cosmic powers, which soon began to fade away, and developed a severe drinking problem. All of which makes it all the more impressive that not only is Ms. Marvel stil an Avenger, but one of the best. She, perhaps more than any other Avenger, strives to better herself and be the best superhero she can possibly be. Throw in close ties to a number of other characters (particularly Captain Marvel, who she partnered for a while, Wolverine, who she worked with during their secret agent days, and Spider-Man, who she currently has an on / off relationship with), and Ms. Marvel is pretty central when it comes to the Avengers. Will we see her in the movie? Probably not in a main role, but some kind of cameo for Carol is all but assured.

Falcon (Sam Wilson)
Joined: Avengers #184

Falcon didn't want to be an Avenger originally. He was forced to join by Henry Gyrich, the Avengers government liaison, simply because he was black. Gyrich felt their weren't enough minorities on the team, Falcon happened to be around. Simple as that. Falcon has a much longer history as Captain America's partner, and it's for this reason that we won't see him in the Avengers, but an appearance in a Captain America sequel is almost certain.

Joined: Avengers #211

Another android created by Ultron to defeat the Avengers who ended up betraying him and joining the team, Jocasta was given the brain patterns of the Wasp, who just happened to be the wife of Ultron's "father" Hank Pym, giving Ultron the mother of all Oedipal complex's! See what I did there? Huh? Huh? Oh, never mind. Anyway, Jocasta won't be in the Avengers movie. If they're going to use any of Ultron's creations, it'll be the Vision. Jocasta may show up in a future movie, but not yet.

Tigra (Greer Nelson)
Joined: Avengers #211

Tigra won't appear. She's a cat lady, and if Marvel are going to put a cat lady in the Avengers, it's much more likely to be Hellcat. Sorry Tigra!

She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
Joined: Avengers #221

A blood transfusion from her cousing, one Doctor Bruce Banner, gave Jennifer Walters green skin and super strength, which she put to use fighting alongside the Avengers as the sensational She-Hulk. While a very popular character, it's unlikely we'll see She-Hulk in an Avengers movie before seeing her in a Hulk movie, so don't expect her to show up. That said, don't be surprised if her alter-ego, Jen Walters, shows up to provide some kind of legal aid. She's one of the Marvel Universes premier lawyers, after all.

Captain Marvel / Photon / Pulsar (Monica Rambeau)
Joined: Avengers #227

The reason we probably won't see Photon in the Avengers movie isn't because she isn't a good character. She lead the Avengers for a while in the eighties, and has a cult following to this day. It's her powers. Basically, she can become and manipulate any form of energy. Light, heat, lasers, electricity, even the energy from a Green Lantern ring, it doesn't matter. While this might seem cool, it does make her quite hard to write effectively. How do you stop someone who really, when you think about it, has no limits? The writers of the comics have come up with some imaginitive ideas in the past, but I sincerely doubt we'll see any of this on screen any time soon.

Starfox (Eros)
Joined: Avengers #232

Starfox has one of the stranger power sets in Avengers history. He can make women fall in love with him. Sure, he's super strong and can fly too, but it's mainly the love thing. Often played for laughs, you feel like Starfox would be quite a good fit for Joss Whedon's Avengers. He won't be there though. He's too obscure.

Moira Brandon
Joined: Avengers West Coast #100

No. When even I have to look up an Avengers character to find out who they are? No chance. Of course, it's Joss Whedon, so watch her not only appear, but have a major role to play.

Mockingbird (Barbara "Bobbi" Morse)
Joined: West Coast Avengers #1

A founding member of the West Coast Avengers, and Hawkeye's wife, Mockingbird is also a SHIELD agent, so an appearance isn't out of the question. Yes, the sexy, ass-kicking secret agent lady who works for Sam Jackson's Nick Fury quota has been filled already by Scarlett Johanssen's Black Widow, but we can't have two of them? Don't expect a big part for Mockingbird, but do expect at least a cameo.

Iron Man / War Machine (Jim Rhodes)
Joined: Avengers #231

He may have already appeared in both Iron Man films, but Colonel Rhodes won't show up in the Avengers just yet. Maybe in a future sequel, but for now, one Iron Man will be enough for the Avengers.

Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)
Joined: Avengers #262

This one's tricky. Alongside Captain America and the original Human Torch, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, was one of Marvel's original big three, back in the forties. He was later brought back in the Fantastic Four comic, and eventually joined the Avengers, once again fighting alongside Captain America. An appearance in the Avengers movie isn't entirely off the cards, but it's more likely he'll have a cameo or be referred to in Captain America.

The Thing (Ben Grimm)
Joined: West Coast Avengers #9

Yep, the ever loving blue eyed idol of millions spent a very brief spell as an Avenger on the west coast, and recently rejoined the New Avengers as well. He's one of the most popular characters Marvel has, and with good reason. Strong enough to go toe to toe with the Hulk, yet also one of the most caring characters going, Ben Grimm is everyone's favourite member of the Fantastic Four. Which is why he won't be in the Avengers. At all. More's the pity.

To be continued...

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