I am a hardcore fan of comic books and their onscreen adaptations ranging from movies to television series. As of now DC is ruling the television screens but is far behind the race on the silver screen when compared to their rivals Marvel. That's because although both have a rich and diverse universe Marvel far outruns their DC counterparts in terms of long term planning and building up successfully on their owned properties (despite the fact that some juiciest properties like X Men and Spiderman are owned by two different studios which technically makes it just 1/3rd of its original roster, but hey Disney/Marvel has done a fantastic job till date). I never expected to see the MCU build up and branch out to its current scenario right from the post credits scene of IM 1 ("Let me tell you about the Avengers Initiative" delivered by a kick ass Samuel Jackson a.k.a Nick Fury) till the date a few months earlier when Disney/Marvel revealed its full roster up till 2019 giving us many fan favorites like Civill War, Ragnarok and Infinity Wars.
After watching the Avengers (again for the gazillionth time, seriously I lost count and I never miss watching it again either on TV or on my Bluray player) and having a fangasm @ the scene where the Avengers assemble onscreen to utterly destroy the chitauri, my brain picked up some faint threads from the possible course of the MCU begining with AAOU subtly triggered by some tell tale sequences from the original epic, so here's my theory for whats in store for our favorite group this May! People who do not want to see potential spoilers please stop here and skip to the end. Those who have read the warning, here I begin with some leads from Avengers:
1. In the Avengers i noticed the scene where Loki questions Natasha where he drops some subtle hints. He mentions about instances where she kills someone's daughter (Drakov's Daughter), Sao Paulo, and the hospital files this rang some bells. Wasn't Natasha shown undergoing some kind of procedure in a hospital/clinic/secret lab during the second trailer where she looked pretty scared? This means pretty less but coupled with the Russian Black Widow program showed in Agent Carter I surmise that she was part of the Black widow Program and was an antagonist initially but was later convinced and converted to the good side by Hawkeye a.k.a Clint Barton. This is pretty much similar to the source material, note that she made her first appearance in Iron Man (Tales Of Suspense #52) just like in the MCU. With Kevin Feige also mentioning that she has a big part to play in AAOU.
2. The sequence where the avengers argue among themselves before Hawkeye attacks them in the Helicarrier, did we notice something strange? Yeah they are arguing like crazy and the staff of Loki is buzzing eerily in the background!! what if the time gem had some power of influencing the subconscious mind when its angry to become further angry and start a full bawl? Remember Cap and Tony would have almost traded blows if not for Barton's timely intervention!! Let's hold on to this we will revisit this point later.
3. Remember when Bruce hulks out all of a sudden on the helicarrier after due provocation. Does anyone ever wonder how he simply transforms into the other guy all of a sudden after exchanging some heavy banter but has managed to control all of that rage inside him for almost two years? Yes that brief time he held the staff of Loki must have unbottled his inner rage and made him slip over the edge. Remember Loki wanted himself to be captured deliberately and was planning to let the monster loose maybe he wanted Banner to touch/get near the staff so that the staff may unleash his inner rage. He might have very well known that Hulk has not appeared for the past two years and must have surmised that Banner is doing something to control his inner beast so the staff must serve as a tool to release the Hulk!!
4. Also note that Barton Natasha and Bruce are the only 3 people to have directly touched the staff excluding Tony, what if the mind gem has the power to control those who have been touched by it (or Loki has put a spell on the gem via the staff). This would totally change the way somethings really work out in AAOU. What if The hulk is under the influence of the mind gem which causes him to hulk out of control? (Remember the staff is with Baron Von Strucker and we know that Barton and Bruce are part of a team that raid the hill fortress where he might have been staying so when Bruce enters the fortress it triggers some kind of subconscious hidden command forcing him to hulk out on his team and fight against them). I have always been against suggestions that Scarlet witch is controlling the Hulk so maybe this is why he hulks out. As per the trailer ultron is nowhere near the scene where hulk fights the Hulkbuster in the most epic showdown but as per the recently leaked images the other avengers are there and trying to stop the battle in the interest of the greater good.
So here's my synopsis:
Tony finds the remains of a chitauri program in the ruins of NY post A1 and tries to develop it into a sentient AI based upon but separate from JARVIS to fill his role of crime fighting post IM3. The AI becomes sentient Terminator style and decides to eliminate humanity which it considers as a nuisance (creating ultron and the famous " no Strings attached" dialogue). Ultron crashes the Avengers get together party and devastates the Avengers tower then runs amok. Thor and the other avengers feel that Tony has betrayed them by not revealing info about Ultron leading to Thor manhandling Tony sowing the seeds for Civil War. Meanwhile when Ultron is wreaking havoc the Maximoff twins wage their own war against the avengers misguided by Von Strucker into believing that they lost their parents due to Tony's weapons from IM1(possiby using the staff of Loki). The Avengers form two teams one to deal with the Ultron menace and the other to deal with the Maximoff twins. Team 1 lead by Tony with War Machine Thor and Natasha. Team two under Cap Bruce and Barton go fight the twins. Cap's team runs into the Baron who has the staff, the baron uses the staff on Bruce to plant the subconscious rage inducer. The staff is carried to the location of the second team by Quicksilver using his superspeed who then uses it to influence Natasha to rebel against her team members. Cap is under attack from Ultron's main army of drones and Tony's team is under attack from Scarlet witch and some other ultron drones. Scarlet witch uses her powers to trap/transport the Avengers to their worst moments, Thor is back on Asgard seen losing his power and looking helpless to defend earthrealm. Natasha is stuck in her past memories and is unable to help the Avengers out of guilt for her past crimes and her betraying the avengers. War Machine is critically injured by the attack of Ultron drones prompting the lone Tony to call in back up from team two. Team two arrives at the first location only for Bruce to transform into an out of control Hulk and Hulkbuster confronting him
Tony might have built hulkbuster in consultation with Bruce seeing how close both are at the end of Avengers and IM3 and Bruce wanting to create a failsafe plan to disable him if he ever hulks out. Hulk could have been brainwashed to kill Iron Man as he is the only one who can stop Ultron being his creator. As Tony built the hulkbuster in consultation with Bruce he manages to stand toe to toe with the hulk and possibly defeat him. After the battle the Avengers regroup and Tony reveals his masterplan. He creates the Vision using JARVIS as a blueprint (JARVIS being created after the real Edwin Jarvis we see in Agent Carter who desists violence and has a consciousness) and Vision takes down Ultron whilst managing to convince the twins that Tony is really a good guy (again this is inspired from the scene in Agent Carter where Jarvis convinces Peggy that the senior stark is really a good guy in spite of being a jerk, arrogant and a host of other choice words). Finally the Avengers combined with the twins manage to take down Ultron. All does not end well as it is revealed that the mind gem is missing at the end of the movie which is stolen by Von Strucker who then gives it indirectly to Thanos in GOTG 2 or Inhumans or Agents Of Shield. Baron Von Strucker can be the glue holding the various pieces of the puzzle together. He convinces the twins to undergo medical experimentation to be converted to the "miracles". He uses the Mind gem via Quicksilver to orchestrate the events of the movie and he might end up dying at the hands of Phil or someone from MAOS team!!
Is this the way AAOU will play out on the screens?
So what do you guys think about my prediction? Please do sound off in the comments section below and let me know if I have missed out some points in the above section!