It is clear that the Superhero Movie franchise is making the purse seams of Hollywood burst from the amount they have made over the last decade. 2012's Avengers was one of the largest grousing movies of all time! In the United States alone just 5 months after the movie was released it had made $623,279,547! Over half a billion in 5 months from one country shows that it was a success. Now the Avengers is one of the longest running comic books of all time and one secret behind its success is its every changing and growing roster of characters.
In the comics characters leave and join The Avengers for various reasons and some of these characters could make good candidates for potential solo films, for example Hulk could be shot into space for being considered such a wild cannon with to much power. What happened there? PLANET HULK! By Hulk leaving he had his own adventure and opened up the roster for someone else to step in. By changing the roster of the heroes on the team it will help the producers stop the franchise from getting stale. Another good point to note is that the actors and actresses are demanding more and more money with each film the producers are facing hard choices but with the large cash pool characters to choose from not even Iron Man is immune from being replaced! So here are some candidates that could replace the current 6 members.
Iron Man brings in the money, the narcissism and the fire power! So who could replace him? Let's have a look.
Joined the Avengers team in, Avengers #194 (April 1980)
I know you are all thinking "he will not be as cool as Wonder Woman." Well I too am forced to agree that yes I will take the Amazon over the movie star any day. However considering his powers and his personality he is an ideal candidate to replace Iron Man. Here is a little information for you is you are completely clueless as to who this guy is. Well his powers are a combo of many powers resulting in a mega powered human! He can, create ionic-energy, has empowered flight, an extended life span, superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, high durability and is virtual invulnerable. So he can easily provide the fire power in Tony's absence. Now if you think Tony loves himself trust me this guy is something else! I actually think when he is looking another character in the eye he is actually admiring the small reflection of himself on their eyes. The guy is an actor and he wants the world to love him! Oh so that is helping slightly with funds for the team in Iron Mans absence, cos well Cap's shield needs to go to a specialist to get the blood off of it properly. Now another good point to note is we know that Scarlet Witch is going to be in Avengers 2 and well guess who she got with in the comics...give you a clue it wasn't Thor. So guys good news, your girlfriends will happily watch the film if there is a sub story of love involved.
Founding member of West Coast Avengers in, West Coast Avengers #1 (September 1984)
Now if you have seen the Iron Man series you already know Rhodes and his identity as War Machine. He is basically Iron Man with much more fire power. The only difference is the defense force tends to not pay out like being a multibillionaire owning multiple companies and corporations. But he would be also a good replacement for Thor in the fact both are warriors and feel more at home in a battlefield than in a board meeting. Also Rhodes would not be restricted to being War Machine. They could have Tony pass the Iron Man armor onto Rhodes like they have done in the comic before. This way they could have a movie where the War Machine armor is destroyed and Tony has been struggling with his alcoholism and he is forced to pass on the torch. allowing them to continue the Iron Man films and still have an Iron Man in the Avengers. Also lets face it no matter how many lazer beams they throw at us in a film nothing is cooler than a load of launching missiles!
Joined West Coast Avengers in, West Coast Avengers #69 (April 1991)
I bet many of you are scratching your head thinking "Who?" well being a fan of the comics also let me tell you this guy always makes me chuckle as he uses sarcasm as a weapon just like Tony. He is a robot but he is not out to learn how to be more human, he is out for fun in his spare time and winding up his team mates when on the job. He is also a pretty cool robot in what he can do. Armed with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, reflexes, and accuracy he also has telescoping arms and legs, can fly by usage of anti-gravity disks and has various weapons installed all over the place. So he can give that tech feeling to an Avengers team and offer comic relief with his antics. Trust me a highlight in the comics was when his body was damaged so he installed his head on the body of a female LMD (Life Module Decoy) which made the entire team feel slightly uncomfortable with the remarks he made to them.
OK so who can replace the poster boy for WW2? Well let's face a look!
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers vol. 4 #1 (May 2010)
It is a pretty obvious choice but sometimes the obvious is the best way to go. Not only does Bucky go way back with Steve, he was also the successor of the title Captain America in the comics when Steve was killed (don't panic, he got better). As you know from the Captain America The First Avenger movie Bucky is a skilled acrobat, fighter, scout, and as you will see in Captain America 2 Winter Soldier he is also an assassin and has superhuman strength derived from a cybernetic arm. Now Steve throws that shield well using the super soldier serum running through his veins but imagine Bucky as Captian America throwing that shield with a cybernetic arm! Go on admit it, you think that is pretty cool idea like me. Bucky would also portray a different type of Captain America as he has to learn to become a symbol of hope for people, making for a nice change from the Captain America we already know.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers vol. 3 #4 (May 1998)
I will be the first to admit it, his name is pretty cheesy considering but let's also face the facts, Captain America tires to be the moral compass of the team and fights for what he believes to be right. So keeping that in mind a character with the name Justice is a good candidate to replace him. The guy has two basic powers, telekinesis and high-speed flight. So he can still send things flying in battle just like Captain America does using his mind, but he can also take the battle to the sky which is always fun to watch. He is also a character with a past as he has been held for trial for murder and has a mental relationship with his father (I would explain but many head will hurt trying to figure it out). I personally think that it would make for an interesting replacement to the poster boy and bring a character in with the intentions of being the poster boy but instead it slowly goes down hill leading to tragedy.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers vol. 3 #81 (June 2004)
Now here is an interesting character with a past and a direct connection to Captain America. She was a mother and married when one night they were robbed, the robbers gang raped her and permanently scarred her face. This led to her marriage breaking up as her husband was traumatized with fear (I can actually hear you laughing at the thought he was the one traumatized from the events). On a day out with the family they found themselves stuck in the battlefield of the Avengers and Thunderball. She protected a downed Captain America using his shield only to eventually die from wounds on her way to hospital after the battle. OK now you are thinking how is she an Avenger if she died protecting Captain America? Well it is simple, she was mystically revived by Brian Braddock who ruled Otherworld and was the original Captain Britain, obviously didn't you see that coming. He chose her to claim his title and return to the world of the living and fight as the new Captain Britain. Go on you can admit it, you can see the post credit cut scene of her Resurrection and the receiving of her powers ready for her to arrive in another movie. She has super-strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, reactions, endurance, senses, and flight. She also wields The Sword of Might which gives her the ability to form energy blasts or shields. Which would come in handy if Steve is out and his shield with him.
Thor is one of the powerhouses of the team. With his sense of nobility on top, surely no one could replace him? Wrong! Let's have a look at who could.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers #262 (December 1985)
Why not swap the God of Thunder for the King of the Sea. Namor does take royal snobbery to a new level but he does bring the power in a fight. Namor can adapt to aquatic environments, has superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability and longevity and he can also take to the air and fly (I don't personally get it, King of the Sea can fly, but if it works use it). Namor's biggest problem is his arrogance and his belief he is the most superior person in the room. Now is it just me or would anyone else like to see him and Tony in a room together? OK just me then, anyway...But all this considered he could easily become the tank of the team and hold the line when needed as he also has a stand of fall belief in battle much like Thor. Being the King of Atlantis it also means they could create an amazing kingdom much like they did with Asgard.
Joined New Avengers in, New Avengers #10 (October 2005)
This is a powerhouse! Sentry is a complex but interesting character. He is a guardian who watches over the world from a tower. He had done since 1940, but due to a cataclysmic event the whole universe including himself forgot, whoops. Pretty rough if you ask me also. Eventually all was fixed and Sentry returned! There is good reason why this guy is the guardian of the world and basically it is because there is not much he can not do. He has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, senses, durability and invulnerability. He also has energy projection and matter manipulation at his disposal. Chuck in flight, telepathy, a healing factor and the ability to mentally project you have someone who is pretty hard to knock down in a fight. Oh did I mention he can resurrect himself? Now does he qualify for you as a powerhouse? What also makes him brilliant as a character is he slowly begins to mentally break down and turns evil resulting in him trying to destroy everyone and everything. So he could play the hero for a movie, then we start to see him break down by the second and then for the third let all hell break loose and he can be the villain in the movie.
Ms Marvel/Captain Marvel
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers #183 (May 1979)
I know those of you that have read my previous articles have either grinned or rolled your eyes, yes I am a massive Ms Marvel fan! But when considering a replacement for Thor she is a great choice. She has a strong morality and being a Major in the US Air Force she is also a warrior first. With the ability of superhuman strength, stamina, speed and durability she can easily hold her own in a fist fight but when you add her energy absorbtion and projection powers coupled with her ability to fly it makes her in all aspects a good replacement for the God of Thunder. She also does have a want to help those in need much like Thor so she would be able to pick up where he left off in helping those weaker than her. Might I also add the comical moment we could have if another character points out that she outranks Captain America. She has also recently taken the title of Captain Marvel in the comics so it is an opportunity for them to take the character on a journey to a new identity. She was also the leader of the Avengers at one point, something Marvel has hinted she will do again.
With his pinpoint accuracy can anyone shoot better than him? Let's have a look at the candidates.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9 (May 2012)
No it was not a typo, meet the other Hawkeye of the Marvel Universe. She was originally a member of the Young Avenger and she was eventually given Hawkeye's bow and his blessing to also keep the name. Now here we have a great character that they could bring in as a protege to the original Hawkeye and for him to be injured and pass the torch on to her. This would also be a great way for them to have a younger heroine on the team and have her learn from those around her and for the audience to see her grow into a powerful woman as the franchise continues. Now in the comic Kate was attacked and at first traumatized as a result. This spurred her into training and becoming stronger. Now there is how it could all start, she first appears in the movie being rescued by Hawkeye, by the end of the film he visits her and sees she is still frightened so offers to make her stronger. May I also add how cool it would be to see him and her back to back shooting their arrows together. In addition to being a highly skilled archer she is also good at fencing, sword fighting, jujitsu, boxing, and other forms of combat which would make her useful in any fight.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers vol. 3 #4 (May 1998)
You are probably thinking, "Why is she in the replacement list for Hawkeye?" Well my reason is simple, her powers are a good long range power making her an ideal candidate for a replacement for Hawkeye. Now her powers are based on microwave radiation which she can manipulate to fly, fire electromagnetic energy and produce wavelength disruption. So not only would she be able to keep enemies at bay firing energy beams at them but she could also interfere with any communication if they needed to silence the enemy from calling in reinforcements. She also has tragedy ready to tear at our heart strings and she finds out in the comics that her powers have made her unable to have children. This could be a bold statement in the movie and would show a heroine struggle with true personal issues which are due to her just being herself, something many people have dealt with. All in all she is a good candidate and in the comics has a long history with Justice, making them a prime pair to enter together.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers #174 (August 1978)
Well I think you can guess from the name, if not this guy is good with a pair of pistols. He is a master marksman and is a skilled hand to hand combatant. Now how many people agree he is a good choice for a replacement for Hawkeye? He is also a cowboy! Out of his time and is having to figure out a way to live in the 21st century (yes a bit like Captain America I know), but you can take the kid out of the wild west but you can't take the wild west out of the kid. With that in mind I think it would actually be kinda fun and comical at times to have a hero shouting "YE HAW, I'M COMIN' DARLIN'!" charging over torn up city streets. The kid also likes the ladies so it would be funny seeing him eye up characters like Black Widow and giving her the wink only to be given a warn look back.
Who could infiltrate better than the Widow? Well let me tell you...
Ant-Man and Wasp
Two of the original five founding members of the Avengers in, Avengers #1 (September 1963)
Well why not start with some insects over a spider. Ant-Man and Wasp are a famous duo in the Marvel Comics and were two of the founding members of the Avengers. Both have the ability to change their size. They can go from being the size of an ant to the height of a giraffe or taller if they need. Ant-Man can also communicate with insects, transfer his size altering abilities on to other people and objects and he has bio-electric stings. Wasp also has a bio-electric stings at her disposal and the ability to fly. Ant-Man is also on Tony Stark's level of genius which lets face it always comes in pretty handy when some mega evil wants to wipe you out with a clever gizmo that no one else seems to know how it works. The pair also had their share of marriage problems which could take the audience on a trip of love that ends badly. Many films have a happily ever after when it comes to love where I think if Wheddon was writing it he wouldn't be scared to have a scene of Hank hitting Janet. I bet a few of you have a dropped jaw right now, but it is true, in the comic Hank went to a very dark place and hit his wife and shocked comic book fans by showing a hero having a massive flaws. Both could easily step into the widow's shoes.
Founding member of West Coast Avengers in, West Coast Avengers #1 (September 1984)
Here is a girl every guy would want to date but never cheat on as she would easily find out. She is a superbly trained athlete and gymnast, trained in various forms of unarmed combat and is an expert in espionage. Her physical attributes are enhanced to peak human potential and is expert with battle-stave weapons. So here we have Black Widow but blonde and using sticks instead of guns. I bet a few of you guy and possibly the odd lady are thinking "I would." Well that is exactly what Hawkeye thought, so their is one way for her to enter the franchise. Another is the fact she is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. so she could also play the same role as Widow does being Fury's secret eyes and ears on the team. I also think if they brought her into a film with Hawkeye they could do a brilliant choreographed fight with the pair fighting against a dozen enemies and they take them down together like they are battle dancing but with sticks and arrows.
Joined the West Coast Avengers in, West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #21 (June 1987)
You may be thinking "Moon Knight does look a bit like Marvel's version of Batman". Well you are basically right, both are guilty of loving their James Bond style toys and gadgets and have plenty of money in the bank. Moon Knight is a superb athlete, a master at martial arts and hand-to-hand combatant, resistance to some psychic assaults, a skilled acrobat, gymnast, expert aviator and marksman. He is also a detective which can come in very helpful when you are trying to figure out what the bad guy is actually up to. He also possesses both traditional and sophisticated weaponry which I think would be very enjoyable to watch as you see him change from a sword to then some sort of electro-whip. Also being wealthy could help fund the team if Mr Stark should leave. The guy also could add a lot of mystery and as we watched the film unfold, we could see the others do not trust him completely. I do think however where he is so comparable to Batman I do think they would have to only use him for a single movie.
Is there any bigger, meaner and maybe even greener heroes in Marvel? The answer is yes and they are not always green either.
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers #45 (October 1967)
Well the name is pretty well known and Marvel's version is not to far from what we all know from school. However we were just not told in school Hercules is still around fighting for justice and the good fight, well in the Marvel Universe he is at least. In Marvel Hercules has Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, endurance and durability. He is also Immortal, has a healing factor, immunity to all Earthly diseases (bet a few of you are thinking "helpful power"), a limited resistance to magic and is highly skilled at hand-to-hand combatant. Is that enough boxes ticked to replace the big green guy? I personally think it is and if Thor is also not on the team he could easily replace the "HAVE AT THEE!" that we would miss without Thor. Oh also just a side note, the guy bedded The Hulk's cousin She-Hulk, true story. Speaking of which...
Joined the Avengers in, Avengers #221 (July 1982)
Who better to replace Banner than Walters. She is just like the Hulk only with an IQ higher than a Doberman when she is all green. She is also a Lawyer so that could be very helpful after the team have destroyed the city to save the day. Like her cousin She-Hulk has Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and durability. This added with her regenerative healing factor she is a fighter that can go for a while. It should be noted also she has a breaking point and has been known to HULK OUT! One noteable example is when she was manipulated to go wild and killed some of her team mates. Now if she is the better controlled gammer hero it makes you shudder to think what would happen if the Hulk went wild. She is also a pro at using her curves when she needs so she could become every boys favorite green pin up.
Joined New Avengers in, New Avengers #3 (March 2005)
Luke is a human bullet proof jacket! The guy is near impossible to harm. With unbreakable skin he is highly impervious to damage and temperature. When you mix this with superhuman strength, stamina, durability, an accelerated healing factor, being an excellent street fighter and hand-to-hand combatant it tells you instantly Luke can rumble with the best of them. He was also sent to prison for a crime he did not commit so I am sure he picked up a few dirty fighting moves while he was behind the bars. With his street smarts he could bring a slightly more gritty feel to a character, a character that is not squeaky clean in the way he talks and conducts himself. Also imagine this moment, Widow walks past him and he slaps her on the ass! She pulls her gun and holds it to his head and say "Try it again and I shoot." With him only to grin and reply "You can try." I am sure a few of you would also love to be the one to play Luke Cage in that scene, naughty! But needless to say the guy could be a great candidate to replace the green muscles on the team.Your Thoughts.
What do you all think? Any of these characters interest you enough to want to see them in the movies?
I would like to point out I purposely stayed away from some characters as their movie rights are held by those other than Marvel so them appearing in an Avengers movie is only a dream.