So, another day, some more speculation, right? Right. With the imminent arrival of (possibly/almost definitely) the biggest film of 2015, fans worldwide have a lot to be excited about. From Los Angeles to Wakanda, there's a lot of talk about the impact this cinematic installment is going to have on the MCU. Being a teenage blogger who seemingly won't shut up about anything, I see it as my duty to contribute to that talk.
So, our favorite squad of superheroes are bound to be smashing up a few homicidal robots this May, and I'm the kind of guy wondering what effect it's going to have on them. Will their cold hearts be unaffected, or will a little compassion creep in annoyingly and ruin a few things? Honestly, that's an extreme way of putting it, but hey ho, that's pretty much all I do.
So, without further ado, here's where I reckon the Avengers will be sitting by the end of the film:
Tony Stark/Iron Man
This guy, even at the start of Avengers 2, has a lot on his plate. In Marvel's latest Age of Ultron TV spot, we hear him acknowledge he pays for everything, designs everything, and (of course) makes everybody look cooler. I mean, c'mon, we can all acknowledge Black Widow looks good in her new lycra, right?
This all makes sense, because the organisation that originally ran the Avengers kind of had three helicarriers shoot each other out of the sky after they'd targeted millions of innocent people in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This probably made for a pretty big lawsuit against them, which resulted in their invitable demise. So now, the coolest can opener ever finances our team of super-powered misfits.
So all this responsibility, for a character who (in the comics) is notorious for having alcohol problems, could prove to be a little too much. We all know we will see Stark a changed man by [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409), and the only film that he's in before this is (duh) Age of Ultron.
During the war between heroes, he seemingly is the one who has his head on straight, and is fighting for the government of all things. Perhaps instead of derailing him, the earth-shaking events that will occur in the midst of Ultron's havoc will show Tony the path to righteousness.
Wow. That sounded corny.
The exact mindset we'll see creep into his head isn't confirmed, and I doubt we'll get a glimpse of his final self before the credits roll, but expect to see Tony a changed, perhaps more responsible man by the time the curtains closeon the Avengers' next adventure.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
The most successful scientifically engineered steroid in the world ever gave birth to our good old super soldier over 70 years ago now, and it's safe to say times have changed for him. We know that by Civil War he'll still be the morally correct guy we've seen so far, so I doubt much will change with this guy. Heck, he might even feel good that he finally found something (the Avenger Initiative) to fight for.
I mean, apart from the obvious emotional side affects of watching the world destroyed, I don't think Cap's head is going to be screwed on any differently by the time Civil War hits our screens.
Bruce Bannner/The Hulk
Our giant green rage monster is going to be doing a lot of rampaging this summer. I swear that nearly 20% of all the trailers so far have been this dude smashing things apart and yelling. Which, yaknow, is absolutely fine by me.
However, the whole premise of the Hulk is that he isn't a terribly emotionally stable guy. We even saw in Iron Man 3 that he didn't have the ability to listen to other people's problems, and we heard in the Avengers that he once tried to kill himself. Maybe he won't cope so well this time around either.
There's also been pretty much confirmation that we're gonna see a "Savage Hulk" after the people over at POP! vinyls released this image:
It's also pretty much a fact that it is this Hulk is the version that will be battling the Hulkbuster suit, after a very detailed information leak.
So, the question is, will Banner be able to live with himself after the destruction he's causing externally and internally? Personally, I doubt it. Like in the comics, it's possible that after this film we will see the Hulk become a recluse - and this might even be the reason he doesn't have a solo film in the arriving Phase 3.
Here we arrive at our thunder God. Having previously just messed up a significantly large piece of London, we saw Chris Hemsworth's character return to Earth for his love interest, Jane Foster.
Since then, Mr Hemsworth himself hinted at the fact they had broken up in his new role on Saturday Night Live by saying:
To my ex, Jane, how you like me now?!
So it would seem Thor has no more tie-ins romantically on planet Earth, and so (other than the Avengers) no more commitments.
It has now, in fact, been confirmed that Thor will be leaving the Avengers forever mid-film, in order to go take care of stuff on Asgard, and possibly set Thor: Ragnarok into action. Joss Whedon said this about Thor's disappearance when asked:
Throughout the film, Thor thinks 'Hey, wait a minute, there's something bigger going on here...'
So this indicates that Thor won't be on Earth to witness the victory of the Avengers - and won't be on Earth when the credits roll. So it's my conclusion that he has gone to fix/unfix something on his home realm of Asgard.
Oh well. It was a good run while it lasted.
The government asset that is Clint Barton will be shooting sharp sticks into a lot of robots in May's blockbuster, and that is (in my opinion) very cool. We've seen his new get-up in the trailers, and as a long-standing fan of Hawkeye's I'm really looking forward to seeing him totally show Oliver Queen up when [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) arrives.
Other than the possibility of an injury sustained, I reckon this Agent will remain an agent for a long time to come, so not much change here to look at.
Natasha Romanoff/[Black Widow](movie:1070824)
Agent Romanhoff is temporamental. Let's face it. Her mind is very far from made up. In 2012, she seemed to be hitting on Hawkeye, and now there's all this news about her hooking up with the Hulk. First she was KGB, then she was S.H.I.E.L.D., then she was nothing. Safe to say, this girl has a pretty complicated story to tell.
Based on this, I reckon Ultron's presence will have an affect on the Black Widow. Her friendship with Captain Rogers will remain strong through to Civil War, I reckon, but of course she will by then be dating Tony Stark's best bud.
Like Banner, I reckon it will be (like it always has been) a battle of inner demons for Natasha. Huh, I guess they do have a little in common.
If you want to check out what role I reckon she'll have in Captain America: Civil War, you can check the definitive team guide on my profile.
The Vision will be an interesting edition to Cap's team, in my opinion. I love nearly all of his roles in the graphic novels, and, should he survive Ultron, I certainly wouldn't mind a solo film.
However, he is being kept very much under lock and key by Marvel Studios, so we don't know that much about him, and I doubt we will until we actually see Avengers 2.
But, if we pool together what we do know, I think it's safe to say we can make a few predictions. We know he is a kind of last resort for the super-powered world-savers, but during his time on screen it would make sense to me if we saw seeds of the fan favorite Scarlet Witch-Vision relationship planted. That in itself could have interesting implications for Captain America 3.
Providing he survives, by the end of the film we will have seen the Vision discover himself, sort of. Paul Bettany, when asked about his character's emotions, said:
There are scenes in Avengers 2 where Joss has The Vision mess with the impossible aspect of his character, which is always fun. It's really fantastic because he sort of grows and is discovering himself the whole time.
So I really don't know much else. All I know is that by the end of the film he'll be well-established, and possibly on his way to a date with the Scarlet Witch.
Speaking of witch...
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The Maximoff Twins/Scarlet Witch & Quiksilver
As rebellious super-humans go, these two are some of the best. Their origin story in the MCU is still being questioned, but we do know that they start off evil and eventually come around.
We've seen Quiksilver both knocking out Captain America and tackling Ultron. Likewise, we've seen his sister the Scarlet Witch blasting Stark, and then Ultron's drones. Let's just sum it up and call them both indecisive, and they have a lot of self-discovering to do.
This ties them in closely with the Vision (see what I mean by relationship?) and I think they will end up in a similar position after the film's finished. They'll be established characters, probably happy to have found something worth finally using their powers for after Baron Von Strucker's castle and his disturbing experiments.
Possibly the only black guy role to not die in movies ever, the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director had gone underground last we saw him. Thanks to the trailers, we know he's back to help out Earth's finest against a homicidal toaster's wrath.
But I reckon that's all he's around for. Though we've seen him in quite an office-looking scene in their Marvel's latest TV spot, I reckon his loyalty to the graphic novel of Civil War will be strong.
This means he'll be back underground by the end of the film. He hasn't got a business to run anymore, and Ultron will seemingly have been dealt with. In the aforementioned graphic novel, he helps out Cap in secret by lending out safehouses from an underground position.
So, summed up, we'll see him come along, drop a few mega cool lines and leave. Inevitably, this makes me very happy.
That's about it for now. I've been typing and researching this for a long time now and possibly need about six cups of coffee... Oh well. Remember - if you've got any of your own ideas, leave some comments behind and take the poll! Until next time - and for anything else superhero, be sure to hit up my profile!