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This Summer’s The Avengers was the culmination of four years of world-building from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. The five films leading up to The Avengers established the four main heroes of the group as well as SHIELD and their various agents, including two in Hawkeye and the Black Widow that became active Avengers themselves. With Iron Man 3 coming next year and a slough of other sequels to the other individual Marvel films leading up to the Avengers sequel, it’s to be expected that new characters based on well-known Marvel characters will be introduced in those films. This of course fuels rampant speculation and debate regarding which characters should be introduced and asked to join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by the time Avengers 2 hits the multiplex.
The Avengers film featured almost all of the founding members of Marvel’s first superteam. The only founders missing from the film and the lead-up movies were Dr. Henry Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Yellowjacket/Goliath and his on-again, off-again significant other Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp. Many have speculated that they will be introduced in future Marvel films and will join the Avengers in the sequel, but I am not so sure. With both Tony Stark and Bruce Banner on the team, the inclusion of another brilliant scientist like Pym sounds like overkill, and two characters whose only powers involve changing their size may pose too much of a challenge for the movies’ effects departments. These factors may lead to Hank and Jan being left out of the Marvel movie universe for the time being. That’s not to say that Pym won’t show up in a Marvel movie, but he more than likely won’t be an active Avenger.
The revelation of the next foe that will challenge the Avengers at the end of the first film will no doubt require them to recruit some exceedingly powerful members to help them. Fortunately, there are several characters from the comics that the filmmakers could choose from to fit the bill. Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Luke Cage would add a great deal of strength and firepower to their team. They could also recruit a powerful sorcerer like Dr. Strange to help combat this immensely deadly adversary. In addition, they could get valuable help from characters like Black Panther and Iron Fist, who aren’t quite as powerful as the heroes listed previously but would add a great deal of intelligence and impeccable fighting ability to the team. One prominent Avenger that would be an interesting addition would be The Vision, who wouldn’t be too hard to incorporate into the Marvel movie world, since an early scene in Captain America: The First Avenger showed that android technology was being developed around the same time Steve Rogers was given the Super Soldier serum. The only characters who are completely off the table would be the Beast and recent Avenger inductees such as Wolverine and Spider-Man, for obvious reasons. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are iffy, because of their obvious association with Magneto in the comics, but that could easily be ignored in a movie.
The debate concerning which characters will or should be included within the ranks of the Avengers in the sequel will no doubt continue until the announcements are made regarding the film. Considering the factors listed in this article, which character would you be most excited to see in an Avengers sequel, and for what reason? Which one would give the team the most advantage against their nemesis? Besides their powers and fighting styles, which character would also interact with the existing members onscreen in the most entertaining way? Make your choice on the poll below, and feel free to share your reasons for your choice in the comments.