Marvel President: Avengers Line-Up Will Change After Avengers: Age of Ultron
There have been many rumors that certain Avengers will be departing the team after the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, and recent statements by Marvel president Kevin Feige lend credence to those rumors. In an interview with Buzzfeed, he revealed the roster changes and compared them to the arc in the comics:
"The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins," said Feige. "It's like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film."
This statement has a wide variety of implications. First, it makes it more likely that Captain America 3's Civil War will helm closely to the comics and (spoiler!) kill off Captain America, especially since Chris Evans only has two films left in his contract (Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3), and has expressed a desire to take a break from acting to focus on directing. We know for certain that Robert Downey Jr. will return for Avengers 3, which only makes it more likely that Iron Man will win the "war" against Captain America. The other actors have more movies left on their contracts, but Marvel is notoriously cheap, and they're all getting more expensive by the minute, so they may all be expendable (except for Robert Downey Jr., naturally).
So who will be on the new roster? Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were both Avengers team members at some point in the comics, so they seem like safe bets. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange would also make sense, as they are getting high-profile solo movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to mention that they will both be played by popular and acclaimed actors (Paul Rudd and, as of now, Benedict Cumberbatch, respectively). Falcon was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so expect him to join the team as well.
There's also Janet Van Dyne/Wasp, who Marvel comics fans hoped would appear in Ant-Man. They were sorely disappointed when they found out that the character would already be dead in the Ant-Man movie, and that star Evangeline Lilly would play her daughter, Hope Pym. Many fans took this as an insulting instance of sidelining women in Marvel films, especially since Janet Van Dyne was a founding member of the Avengers, inspiring the hashtag #JanetVanCrime.
There's now 6 male Avengers compared to 2 female. The films need more women, and Jane should have been the first. #JanetVanCrime— Romanov (HIATUS) (@clintmademedoit) July 30, 2014
It's true that Marvel has not been the most progressive about female superheroes. However, there's a chance that Avengers 2 and 3 will begin to rectify this; in addition to Scarlet Witch, there are rumors flying that Captain Marvel will make an appearance. Bleeding Cool reported yesterday that Captain Marvel's comic was saved from cancellation because the publishers got wind of the fact that the character will appear in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which would boost comic sales. We can also hold out hope that Evangeline Lilly will ultimately play Wasp, and/or that Adrianne Palicki will appear as Mockingbird, who will appear in the canonical Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although it would be a shame to lose talented actors like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, or Mark Ruffalo, a new team would give Marvel an opportunity to have a 1:1 male-to-female ratio, unheard of in a superhero movie. (Then all they would need to do is finally make a solo female superhero movie.)
Who would you want to see in the new Avengers line-up?