SPOILERS: Should The MCU Extend AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR's Unexpected Team-Up Concept?

SPOILERS: Should The MCU Extend AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR's Unexpected Team-Up Concept?

<font color="red">SPOILERS:</font> Should The MCU Extend AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR's Unexpected Team-Up Concept?

Back in the '70s, Marvel's freshened up their comic line with a new title called Marvel Team-Up and the MCU appears to be channeling its spirit as evidenced in Homecoming, Ragnarok and Infinity War.

Is the MCU inadvertently channeling the spirit of the old Marvel Team-Up comic books from the '70s?  With Iron Man and Spidey teaming up in Homecoming and Hulk and Thor battling with and against one another in Thor: Ragnarok, it sure seems that way.

That trend continues with all the oddball pairings presented in Avengers: Infinity War and it looks as if there just might be a pattern emerging.  Although, the group in Infinity War definitely take on a more "oil-and-water" analogue versus the shared similarities of the science-based partnership in Homecoming and the muscle-inclined coupling of the Odinson and Green Goliath. 

Watching Infinity War's mismatch pairings of Iron Man & Star-Lord and the Hulk and Black Panther generated pre-release buzz never before seen in the MCU - a feat that's considerably impressive given all that the cinematic universe has accomplished in the last 10 years.  With the success of Homecoming and Ragnarok, and the box office dollars all but guaranteed for Infinity War, perhaps team-ups will become more of a staple in Phase 4? If that's the case, we've got a few suggestions...

10. Hulk and Doctor Strange


There have been a lot of arguments made that a solo Hulk film just won't work and there have been two attempts that certainly provide evidence, though neither has featured a Bruce Banner played by Mark Ruffalo. Even if Marvel worked out the character's pesky distribution complications, would they be willing to roll the dice?

If they choose to play it safe, another team-up film just might be a perfect option and the Sorcerer Supreme would present a different sort of ally/antagonist for the Hulk to face.  Is the character truly so strong that there's nothing he can't physically overpower?  Or could someone like Strange or Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo effortlessly teleport him to another dimension and leave him trapped? 

A team-up between the two would also be a big step towards a cinematic formation of the original Defenders team from the comics which consisted of Hulk, Strange, Namor and Silver Surfer.  With a second season of the Netflix miniseries unlikely (per Krysten Ritter) and the Fox-Marvel merger expected to pass with no complications, a Defenders movie is a lot closer to happening than it ever was before. 

09. War Machine and Valkyrie


Let's be honest, this isn't the "sexiest" of possible pairings for either of these characters but their similarities and differences would actually create some rather interesting storytelling material.  Both characters come from a military background but where one is rigid, the other fell off the wagon and lived that way for centuries. 

Perhaps someone like Valkyrie is exactly who Rhodey needs to meet in order to learn how to loosen up?  He's another MCU supporting character that could stand a bit more character development and a romantic relationship would certainly be an interesting development.

08. Captain America and Drax


Drax might be the one MCU character more rigid and forthright than the Sentinel of Liberty.  The storytelling constraints of such a team-up between the two would see Cap forced into the role of comedian to Drax's straight man. There's also very little comic book history between the two characters, freeing up the MCU's creative team to take the oddball duo in any direction they wish. 

How would Captain America fair in the over-the-top, quippy, space opera tone of the Guardian films? Likewise, how would the writers keep Drax from turning into a ruthless killer in the more dramatic setting of the Captain America movies?  Where these two questions intersect would result in cinematic gold.

07. Loki and Scarlet Witch


In every MCU appearance by Loki, his motivations and actions have been explicitly tied to whatever the latest calamity troubling his brother happens to be. At this stage of the game, Loki's become a bit stale and predictable, a notion that Taika Waititi touched on in Ragnarok.  By the film's end, there was definitely a shift in the character's moral compass and allegiance.   With Asgard destroyed and Loki obviously forced to make some hard choices aboard the fleeing refugee ship, it's time to see what the trickster can become when he's no longer lusting after the Asgardian throne.

On the other side of the pairing is Scarlet Witch, a character that hasn't had any standout moments that explicitly define her personality.  MCU fans know who Tony Stark and Captain America are but can they say the same for Wanda Maximoff?

Of course, Infinity War leaves the fate of both of these characters hanging in the balance.  Given the amount of loss in the film's final moments, it's difficult to say who will be returning and who just appeared in their final MCU film.

06. Thor and Spider-Man


If Spider-Man is being positioned as the future face of the MCU, it would certainly make sense for him to receive team-up films with the current Big Three of Cap, Thor and Iron Man.  A pairing with Cap should be saved for last, leaving the Odinson to take up mentorship of the young Peter Parker next after Stark. 

After having your planet destroyed, most of the populace killed by your maniacal older sister and even more citizens perishing at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order, one has to question what Thor's mental state will be when he actually has time to process everything.  Perhaps keeping the inquisitive Parker out of trouble would be the perfect assignment to keep Thor from sinking into depression?

05. Iron Man and Rocket Raccoon


There's been a lot of debate in the MCU about whether Shuri is truly smarter than Tony Stark but there's an argument to be made that Rocket Raccoon might actually be smarter than both.  The fact that he deals with technology light years ahead of what's currently available on Earth (even at Stark Industries and in Wakanda), gives the furry Guardian an edge in the smarts department. 

The two have actually had some pretty hilarious run-ins on the Disney XD animated show and in the comics, with Rocket routinely talking down to Stark.  However, there's also the argument that given equal resources and time, Tony would likely create something much more impressive than Rocket.  In the 10 years of the MCU, Robert Downey Jr. has pretty much explored everything there's to do with the character, except for a jaunt into space, as was previously rumored. Such a journey would certainly lead to a fresh new perspective for Stark while also creating the opportunity for someone back on Earth (like Shuri) to fill his role as the world's leading tech expert.

04. Shuri and Black Widow


Ryan Coogler's Black Panther demonstrated that not only does Shuri have great intelligence, she also has the training and strength of will to hold of Killmonger (at least for a few minutes).  However, she could probably learn a thing or two from Black Widow, considering all the "red in her ledger." 

It's not hand-to-hand combat skills Shuri needs to learn but the ability to make tough calls.
Picking up such skills from the Red Room operative turned S.H.I.E.L.D. spy would go a long way towards reaching a point where Shuri is capable of assuming the mantle of the Black Panther.

03. Black Panther and Hawkeye


Black Panther and Hawkeye had a fairly memorable exchange during Captain America: Civil War and it would be interesting to see whether Barton's pride was hurt after getting dismissed and easily thrashed. 

The African king and special ops agent with a secret family are about as different as two men could be.  One prefers to tackle problems head-on while the other uses misdirection and trickery (sometimes literally trick arrows) to take down opponents.  If S.H.I.E.L.D. is resurrected in the MCU, Hawkeye could very well find himself assigned the role of Wakanda liaison. 

Though T'Challa's fate is in the wind after the events of Infinity War, there's no way Marvel won't bring him back by the conclusion of Avengers 4.

02. Star-Lord and Captain Marvel


Before the film's release, Marvel fans around the world wondered if Captain Marvel was in Avengers: Infinity War or if she would meet the other heroes in Avengers 4? Without going too heavy into spoilers, the answer is yes and no.

The characters Kree origins means she can't stay Earthbound forever, and a team-up with Star-Lord would be the perfect opportunity to head off into space.  Plus, with the solo Captain Marvel film set in the '80s, depending on what Danvers has been up to in the last few decades, it's possible the to might share a love for that period's pop culture that none of the other Avengers would share.

01. Vision and Ant-Man


This is about as different as you can get.  The serious, stoic nature of the Vision and the wacky, carefree attitude of Scott Lang that's only rivaled in the MCU by Peter Quill.  Of course, Ant-Man was completely absent in Infinity War and the Vision seemed to have met his end.

However, there were enough hints that the Vision could be brought back as his mind was a merging of Stark, Banner, Ultron and the Mind Stone.  Whether Vision can survive without the Stone is a plot thread that the Russos will definitely answer in the next Avengers film.

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