Did Jon Favreau Just Reveal The Avengers Line-Up?
Fact the facts - The Avengers are coming and it's time start thinking about your dream team. As great as it would be to see Spider-Man, Wolverine, even Mr. Fantastic or Hawkeye, join the team in 2011, it's just not going to happen. The truth of the matter is that Marvel has quite publicly told us who we'll see in The Avengers, and Jon Favreau just confirms it. If the movie is in production, or is about to go into production, and is part of Marvel Studios, then it's very likely that character will show up in The Avengers. That's how Marvel has set it up over the last few years and it's not hard to figure that out. So this quote in a USA Today article published yesterday doesn't really shock me, but it finally makes this speculation a reality.
In an article discussing the The Avengers, Favreau made the following statements about the line-up. He says that Marvel's plan is "to team up the heroes for The Avengers, which is made up of all of the Marvel heroes they have the rights to." Of course. And that "the ones Marvel is talking about now are Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man. I would love to see that." You might remember at one point Favreau said he was in the running to direct The Avengers. However, considering we don't even know if he'll be back for Iron Man 2 and considering he said himself that there wouldn't be enough time to direct both (if he does come back), who knows whether he'll actually be involved or not.
Don't jump the gun here, this isn't entirely official. To be honest, it sounds like Favreau is just mentioning what we already know. Marvel officially announced Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and Ant-Man, plus we just had Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk this year. That about covers all of the superheroes he mentioned, give or take Nick Fury, who we can expect to show up anyway, but not as a major character. However, Favreau's statement does put some reality to the speculation that The Avengers line-up would include Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Ant-Man, but not too many others. We won't really get more obscure Avengers members, or at least not in big roles, but does that really matter? Beyond these guys, including any other major characters is all just a pipe dream anyway.
There are only a few great superheroes that can really work well adapted for the big screen. We've seen most of them and there are quite a few more still in the works, but not all of them actually have the makings for live action adaptation. That's why it would be great to see a few small characters appear in The Avengers, much like the X-Men movies. But some of them just aren't suited to be seen converted to live action. I won't name names, because what's important is that the line-up Favreau mentioned is most likely what we'll see in theaters in 2011. It's pointless to predict that Marvel will throw other awesome characters that have never been mentioned before in there, because it just won't happen. What do you think? Does this line-up satisfy your desires for an Avengers movie?