Avengers

Top Ten Avengers Who (Likely) Won't Be Part of the MCU

For those of you who have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron you know by the end of the film the team has a few new recruits for future Marvel movies going forward. Several characters are also getting the TV treatment including Daredevil, Mockingbird, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. We know Spider-Man is on his way, and it is growing more and more likely that Carol Danvers will be making her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the next few years. But what about all those 50+ years of Avengers who don’t fit into Marvel’s master plan for the big (or even small) screen? Here are the Top 10 Avengers Who (Likely) Won’t Be Part of the MCU.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • IMDb: link

Avengers: Age of UltronDespite the build-up to an Infinity War Avengers film, Marvel Studio threw everyone for a loop when they announced fascist robot Ultron (James Spader) would be the villain of The Avengers sequel. Unlike 2012’s The Avengers which was the culmination and payoff for the entirety of Marvel’s Phase One films (everything from Iron Man to Captain America: The First Avenger), Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers from some of the same problems that weighed down Iron Man 2.

Not only does the film have to introduce a brand-new villain (something The Avengers didn’t have to spend time on) and three new supporting characters (with vastly different origins than their comic counterparts), and weave in ongoing events from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while providing separate in-depth character moments for every single Avenger, Age of Ultron also has to lay the groundwork for the next two Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, and Thor: Ragnarok. While also throwing in supporting characters from pretty much every Marvel film so far it’s something of a marvel, if you’ll forgive the pun, that Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t buckle under its own considerable weight.

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  • Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • IMDb: link

Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring a bit more of the robotic villain Ultron (James Spader), new faces Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, and returning stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Cobie Smulders. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1st.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on October 24, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • IMDb: link

We now have our first trailer for next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring the Avengers coming back together to deal with the new threat of the robotic villain Ultron (James Spader). Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Cobie Smulders all return. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Paul Bettany also star. The movie opens in theaters on May 1st.

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Marvel Comic-Con Panel (Ant-Man & Age of Ultron)

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2014

in News

From San Diego Comic-Con here’s part one of the Marvel panel discussing Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can find part two and part three of the panel inside.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

news-and-notes-06202013-iron-manMarvel is reporting Robert Downey Jr. has penned a deal to reprise his role as Iron Man in both The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3

Geek Tyrant is reporting Buffy staff writer Marti Noxon has been tapped to write the script for a new Tomb Raider movie based on the most recent video game

Deadline is reporting that Sony is developing a sequel for Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz

Variety is reporting that MGM and Fox 2000 will team-up for a remake of Poltergeist which will be directed by Gil Kenan (City of Ember, Monster House)

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A + X #8

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2013

in Comics

A + X #8The concept for A + X is pretty simple. It’s your basic team-up issue with one member of the Avengers working with one member of the X-Men. Broken into a main story and a back-up story (featuring a different team-up) I’ve found the series to be occasionally entertaining but also inconsistent as usually one story in each issue is far better than the other. A+X #8 marked an occasion where I liked the possibilities of both team-ups.

The first story gives us Spider-Woman and Kitty Pryde working together to take down the Absorbing Man and agents of A.I.M. in the New York underground. Although it was Spider-Woman’s inclusion that made me pick up the issue, the story is actually far more about Kitty Pryde and how scary powerful she has become. In truth Jessica Drew is little more than back-up here.

Although I’ve never been a big fan of Hawkeye, I really enjoyed Deadpool Team-Up and the idea of Deadpool driving any Avenger crazy for half an issue appealed to me. Despite having some nice moments as well, the story isn’t nearly as zany or outrageous as I was hoping. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

On the red carpet for the premiere of Iron Man 3, The Avengers director Joss Whedon let slip a couple of interesting tidbits concerning the introduction of new characters in The Avengers 2 (a “brother and sister act” presumably referring to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) as well as stating that the now completed pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will explain how Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is still part of the Marvel Universe.

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A+X #6

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2013

in Comics

A+X #6Poker is the name of the game in this latest issue of A+X. We’re given two stories, each involving an Avenger and X-Man sitting down for a friendly game of cards.

The first story features Wolverine and Captain Marvel and is primarily of interest for the side conversation (inspired by Joss Whedon‘s Angel TV-series) concerning who would win in a fight between astronauts and cavemen. The fight, intermixed with other topics between the two, goes on through the entire story and doesn’t even stop when a super-villain bursts through the wall looking for a fight. My only real complaint with this first story is the art from Italian artists Giuseppe Camuncoli and Michele Benevento which is passable, but not great.

The second story, although not nearly as entertaining, also features two heroes winding up at a poker game as the Yancy Street friends of Ben Grimm invite Gambit, over for the weekly poker game. There’s some okay back-and-forth between the characters and late twist, but it’s the less interesting of the two stories. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #9

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2012

in Comics

marvel-universe-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-9-coverAlthough I’ve grown disinterested in Marvel’s Avengers titles as of late, with the fallout of AvX and the newly relaunched title by writer Jonathan Hickman (neither of which I enjoyed), I have been a fan of Marvel’s animated The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon and the cover of this issue promised the kind of Avengers story I was interested in reading. I wasn’t disappointed.

The first story involves Thor and Ms. Marvel (wearing her classic costume) taking on a long-dormant Skrull killing machine who attacks the pair when it recognizes Ms. Marvel’s powers come from Kree origins. The one-upsmanship between the mighty Thor and the mighty Ms. Marvel is a lot of fun.

The back-up story involves the Black Widow and the Wasp sneaking into Doctor Doom‘s laboratory to rescue a pair of scientists whose work Doom is corrupting to turn into a biological weapon. Complete with insane escape, quarreling scientists, and Doombots, it proves to be just as much fun. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $2.99]

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