FEATURE: Ten Characters Who Could Join The Team In THE AVENGERS 2

The roster of The Avengers is already pretty crowded (after all, they DO have a Hulk...), but it would be a huge shame for Joss Whedon not to introduce at least a few new members to the team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Here are ten of the most worthy candidates...

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By Josh Wilding - 6/8/2013
10. Wonder Man


When Joss Whedon was asked which other Avengers he would like to bring to the big screen last year, he replied: “A boatload. Pretty much everyone but Wonder Man. I never did figure out what he was for.” Oh. Probably best not to get our hopes up on this one then, but introducing Simon Williams wouldn’t be the worst thing Whedon could do. After all, he first joins them at the behest of the villainous Baron Zemo, but ultimately sides with the superhero team and becomes an integral part of the Avengers. In fact, it’s his brain patterns which Ultron – a murderous android inadvertently created by Hank Pym – uses to create the next superhero on this list...

9. Vision


The chances of Vision appearing depend on which direction Joss Whedon takes the sequel in. However, it would arguably make the most sense for him to follow The Ultimates and have Hank Pym create early versions of both Vision and Ultron, thereby leaving the door wide open for both to be fleshed out in future instalments. Many fans were hoping that Agent Coulson would be brought back as the Vision, but his appearance in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show may have put an end to that. Regardless, Vision is a great character and the androids’ complicated relationship with the Scarlet Witch is another interesting possibility to be explored.

8. Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch


You may be wondering why the brilliant brother/sister duo are so far down on this list, but after Joss Whedon recently confirmed that they will indeed appear in The Avengers 2, it’s now become a case of WHEN we’ll see Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch rather than IF. While some complicated rights issues with 20th Century Fox (their father is Magneto; a mutant character owned by that studio) may have to mean that their interesting origin story will be scrapped, the appeal of seeing a superhero with superhuman speed and another with the power to alter reality certainly opens up a lot of exciting story possibilities.

7. Red Hulk


Despised when he was first introduced and still not particularly loved by the majority of fans, Red Hulk (Rulk?) would still potentially make for a very interesting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some fans are already speculating that General Ross (played by William Hurt in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk) may use a combination of Gamma radiation and the Extremis virus – which Kevin Feige has already confirmed will return – in order to transform himself into the rage fuelled hero. However, it’s hard to imagine where he could fit in with the team and it’s perhaps better if Marvel save him for the planned solo Hulk movie before we start thinking about the two fighting side-by-side along with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

6. Luke Cage


Regardless of whether you loved or hated Brian Michael Bendis’ run on The Avengers titles, there’s no denying that he injected life into the character known as “Power Man”. Luke Cage was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and underwent an experimental procedure (in exchange for parole) which left him with super strength and steel hard skin. The biggest advantage of an appearance in The Avengers 2 would be the fact that this could introduce us to a whole other area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – street level heroes like Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones – as well as the fact that Cage ultimately ends up leading the Thunderbolts; a team of super-villain convicts given a chance to redeem themselves.

5. Nova


Should The Avengers 2 take Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into outer space to face off against Thanos, who better to accompany the team than Richard Rider, a.k.a. Nova? James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be our first glimpse into the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so if they introduce him there first, the fan favourite character is then in the perfect position to pop up in Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble sequel. Rider eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice to stop Thanos, and as the director has a penchant for killing off beloved characters, don’t be shocked to see the same possibly happen in 2015!

4. Captain Marvel


No, not THAT Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers was an officer in the United States Air Force who got caught in the crossfire of an explosion of an alien device and as a result was imbued with superhuman strength, speed, energy projection and flight. Make her a S.H.I.E.L.D. or S.W.O.R.D. agent who accompanies The Avengers on their trip into outer space and her origin story could be easily be done and dusted by the end of the second act. Originally known as Ms. Marvel and recently rebranded as Captain Marvel, Danvers is one of the greatest superheroes in the Marvel Universe and the team would certainly benefit from another strong female member (a type of character that we know Whedon has a soft spot for).

3. Abigail Brand


While she’s not a superhero as such, the half mutant/ half alien head of S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) was created by Joss Whedon during his run on comic book series, Astonishing X-Men. She basically runs an offshoot of S.H.I.E.L.D. that defends the Earth from extra-terrestrial threats, and with both the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Thanos on the way, now is a perfect time for Brand to make her big screen debut. The Peak space station is even cooler than the Helicarrier, so assuming that would come along with Brand and her team, there’s no way that using her in The Avengers 2 would be anything other than essential.

2. Black Panther


Black Panther is a character long overdue for his own movie. The fact that it STILL hasn’t happened is bordering on being unforgivable. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito said last year that creating the African city of Wakanda would be “difficult”, so making T’Challa one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and putting him in the capable hands of Joss Whedon would certainly be a great way to hopefully get past any of those concerns and set the character up for his own movie in “Phase 3”. His intelligence makes him more than a match for Tony Stark and in the comic books and his father actually faced off against Captain America during WWII! There’s no way that wouldn’t be interesting to see play out.

1. Ant-Man & Wasp


Everyone loved The Avengers, right? Well, regardless of how great a movie it was, you may struggle to find a comic book fan who wasn’t at least a little disappointed that these two founding members of the superhero team didn’t get involved with Loki’s attack on Earth. However, the sequel is the perfect place for this to happen. With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man finally set to hit the big screen just months after the release of The Avengers 2, this movie would be the perfect place to introduce Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, especially as Ant-Man reportedly tells the story of Scott Lang stealing Pym’s suit in a big to save the life of his daughter. That means Pym could be brought back in the third instalment as either Yellowjacket or Giant Man!
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DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 1:44 PM
Wonder Man is shit. Red Hulk is shit. I don't like Vision at all, but some people seem to like him. Ant-Man and Wasp won't show up until Avengers 3. Abigail Brand is not an Avenger, but she should be in the films. Carol Danvers should be called Ms. Marvel. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are already confirmed. Black Panther would be great, but he deserves his own movie. Nova should never join, he should stay cosmic. Luke Cage should be introduced in a Heroes for Hire movie.
Wildaniel - 6/8/2013, 1:44 PM
Ms/Captain Marvel!
danetooeasy - 6/8/2013, 1:44 PM
Shao Kahn for Avengers 2.
EdgyOutsider - 6/8/2013, 1:44 PM
Black Panther for Avengers 2!! Still feel they should scrap Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Partly cause I feel they add nothing to the team but also cause the whole Quicksilver thing between Fox and Marvel Studios would be confusing to the general audience. You can't have Scarlet Witch without Quicksilver. Although, It would be interesting to see Scarlet Witch on screen as long as they don't grab Saorise Ronan for the role.
rocky - 6/8/2013, 1:47 PM
That's 12 not 10 :)
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 1:48 PM
I think Crossbones hates Saoirse as much as I hate Garfield
rocky - 6/8/2013, 1:49 PM
AntMan and Wasp and Ms Marvel er Capt. Marvel would be my top choices

Wonder Man needs to follow Capt Marvel though

Luke Cage and Black Panther need solo films first
FreedomFreeLife - 6/8/2013, 1:49 PM
No solo movie of character, no team up!
CPBuff22 - 6/8/2013, 1:50 PM
I am pretty sure Nova will be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, if we already have a superior Green Hulk I see no reason why we need a Red one, and Quick Silver & Scarlet Witch have already been confirmed.

So there's that.
LoudLon - 6/8/2013, 1:50 PM
Thumbs up to all of them except Red Hulk. I have never liked, do not currently like, and will never like that character.
KeefNCookies - 6/8/2013, 1:51 PM
I still hate Rulk. Shame, I say!
Ocelot - 6/8/2013, 1:52 PM
Ant-Man's getting his own film with a different director a few months after The Avengers 2 is released, makes no sense for him to be in The Avengers 2 and have a major role it will be a cameo or a short mention at most. Edgar Wright will be the one who characterized Pym, Janet and Lang, Whedon will continue what Wright outlines if he does The Avengers 3. Cant believe you didn't put The Falcon on the list everything so far points to him being the third new addition to the team. The three will most likely be Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Falcon. All three are highly different visually and characteristically.
YoDawg - 6/8/2013, 1:53 PM
I just want black panther whether its an avengers film or his own movie just give me the DAMN PANTHER!
MrCameron - 6/8/2013, 1:54 PM
Luke Cage and Black Panther FTW!

We need diversity people!



MrCBM56 - 6/8/2013, 1:54 PM
Here's my theory...by Avengers 3 I think that the roster will become too full that they will break the team into sub groups Like

West coast avengers

East coast avengers

Secret avengers

New avengers

And maybe have like a group of reserve members

So all the heroes you named could be on the movie but how could you forget MOCKINGBIRD!!

rorywilliams - 6/8/2013, 1:55 PM
You're overthinking it. Just like how the only new hero in the first movie was Hawkeye (who only had a cameo prior), Avengers 2 isn't going to have a lot of time to do origin stories and new character introductions.

If there are any new Avengers introduced other than the twins, it's going to be someone they've already debuted like the Falcon. They're not going to be bringing in someone like Red Hulk or the Wonder Man, who they need to explain.
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 1:55 PM
@NapoleanDynamite

I definitely agree. Black Panther needs to be added ASAP, but Luke Cage should be introduced with Iron Fist in a Heroes for Hire movie first
ekrolo2 - 6/8/2013, 1:57 PM
@MrCBM56

There was this editorial like from a year ago where the guy thought it was all building up to a 2 part Infinity Gauntlet movie and before that the Defenders, Avengers, Guardians and the Inhumans would all be setup to fight Thanos.

Considering how powerful of a bad guy he is your wish may just come true.
MrCameron - 6/8/2013, 1:57 PM
@ DrDoom

Now that I think of that, I kinda agree with you. Make a Heroes for Hire movie Cage, Fist and the gang and then put him in the Avengers. I just want him onscreen already dammit!
AlexanderLykins - 6/8/2013, 1:58 PM
@DrDoom
I don't get the hate. It's not like she's a terrible actress. I don't like anything Andrew Garfield has been in but I don't blame the changes in Peter Parker because of Andrew. I think Marc Webb had a lot to do with that.
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 1:58 PM
@MrCBM

The other Avengers teams have terrible names, to be honest. I'd rather they just stay with the main team and rotate members in and out as the plot requires.
exe - 6/8/2013, 1:58 PM
Let's see. Who else does not have "punchy powers"?
polarkyle - 6/8/2013, 1:59 PM
What's even worse than ant man and wasp being scrapped was them being replaced by 2 people without superpowers
AlexanderLykins - 6/8/2013, 1:59 PM
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are already a given a this point. I am waiting to see if they will try and sneak Black Panther or Ant-Man and Wasp in the movie as well. As for the other characters, do not get your hopes up. I honestly couldn't see any of them on the big screen. Maybe Vision but that's only because of Ant-Man and possibly Ultron. Nova will not join the Avengers roster but will probably have a role in the MCU at some point. Much like Vision, he has a little bit more to be fleshed out before the character can be brought into the fight.

This is my Avengers roster for the final Avengers film:

-Iron Man
-Hulk
-Captain America
-Thor
-Ant-Man
-Wasp
-Black Panther
-Doctor Strange
-Quicksilver
-Scarlet Witch
-Hawkeye
-Black Widow

Maybe:
-Falcon
-War Machine


I think War Machine, Falcon, Black Widow and Hawkeye will have smaller roles as the movies continue to grow larger in scale and spectacle. They really have no business in this fight. This is about saving the Universe and they can't do a whole lot in that regard. Expect heroes to fall in these movies. I think Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Sam Wilson, Black Widow and Hawkeye all are killable. Although, I think War Machine could take over Iron Man's place on the roster if they choose to retire or kill Tony. Steve's place could be taken by James "Bucky" Barnes if they decide to kill him. So those spots already have ready replacements.
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 1:59 PM
@NapoleonDynamite

Yea, Luke Cage is wayyyyy overdue, as are T'Challa and Carol.
AlexanderLykins - 6/8/2013, 2:00 PM
@Crossbones
Saoirse Ronan will get the part and you'll hate it. I'll love it and gladly make up for your lack of viewership.
ekrolo2 - 6/8/2013, 2:01 PM
I don't get this love for Wasp. Granted my only knowledge and exposure comes from the Avengers EMH show but in that I thought she was pointless and annoying as all hell. But even without that I just think her powers are kinda lame especially with Ant-Man already there.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/8/2013, 2:01 PM
They should really put Black Panther in next Avengers. With Falcon, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 2:02 PM
@AlexanderLykins

I don't hate/dislike Saoirse, but then again, I haven't seen her in anything yet. She's pretty, but I know nothing about her acting. If Joss wants her though, then I'll trust his judgement. Is there anything in particular that perturbs people about her being chosen (a specific performance)?
sinsear912 - 6/8/2013, 2:02 PM
What you people fail to realize is we will probably get 3 Avengers movies top before they start talking about reboots, it takes years to make a movie and these actors ain't young
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 2:03 PM
@ekrolo

Wasp is a package deal with Ant-Man. So if people want Ant-Man, then Wasp is coming along with him.
AlexanderLykins - 6/8/2013, 2:03 PM
@ekrolo2
She's an original Avenger if I'm not mistaken. People want to see all of the original members at least a part of the team.
Durf - 6/8/2013, 2:04 PM
10. Not going to be in any MCU movies likely

9. Not until at least Avengers 3

8. Already in the movie, so...

7. Hell [frick]ing no!

6. Nope

5. Possible

4. Not Yet

3. Possible

2. Could happen, but not likely

1. See number 2

So overall, I would say most of these characters are unlikely to be in Avengers 2
MrCBM56 - 6/8/2013, 2:04 PM
ekrolo2

I would love that! I hope it comes true but of course it's just all speculation right now.

DrDoom

I wouldn't mind that. It's kinda like a basketball game, depending on the situation you want certain players in. Like if you needed something sleuth done, you would most likely have widow and Hawkeye on the mission. Not hulk and Thor.
AlexanderLykins - 6/8/2013, 2:04 PM
@ekrolo2
Also what DrDoom said. They are a package deal.
ekrolo2 - 6/8/2013, 2:05 PM
@AlexanderLykins

If shes anything like the EHM version then I hope she never appears in the MCU. If shes like her Ultimate Avengers version where shes actually useful, a scientist and likeable then they can add her.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/8/2013, 2:06 PM
Heh Jai Courtney as Quicksilver.
EdgyOutsider - 6/8/2013, 2:06 PM
Avengers 2





Make it happen! Add these two as the characters to an already badass cast as the Earth's Mightiest Heroes and you'll have an epic cast.
TheSuperguy - 6/8/2013, 2:06 PM
Ant-Man, Luke Cage, and Black Panther are who I'd like to see. Bring Spidey into Avengers 3.
EdgyOutsider - 6/8/2013, 2:08 PM
@DrDoom: I've only seen Hanna, The Lovely Bones and The Host. I felt she was bad in all of them and the she is an absolutely terrible actress. If Joss adds her, it'll be a serious miscast
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