'Avengers: Age of Ultron' May Introduce a New Team - But with Who?
by Ethan Anderton
August 28, 2014
Now that The Avengers have assembled on the big screen, everyone is very familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. But those aren't even the original Avengers, and they're not going to always be the superheroes who assemble to save the world. As Marvel continues to broaden their cinematic universe, they're introducing new characters who will replace the original team eventually. But the question is just who will step up to join the team? Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are on the way, but that's only two people. Well, a new rumor says we might find out next year who else might enter the superhero assembly mix by way of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read on!
**MINOR SPOILERS from here on out regarding The Avengers: Age of Ultron**
Badass Digest reports that at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll see Captain America being the one who assembles a team of heroes we've seen before along with some new ones, all of which will lead into Phase Three and The Avengers 3. This will be Marvel's message to fans that we're not always going to see the same heroes battling bad guys on the big screen. We already know that the film will introduce Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnosn) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and it's a safe bet that those two will be on the new team. But reportedly Marvel wants to introduce another hero: Captain Marvel.
Actually, in the scripts that have indicated this ending in The Avengers sequel, the character is referred to as Ms. Marvel. Apparently there are other new team members named to be introduced in the script, though they have changed with new drafts of the script. The good news is that Ms. Marvel has consistently been part of this new assembly of heroes, however, she won't be getting in on any action, as this appears to be a cameo at the end of the movie, maybe even a scene in the credits, that will set her up as a character who will appear later in Phase Three.
For those of you who don't know, in the comic books she's Ms. Marvel is spawned after Carol Danvers, a member of the United States Air Force, has a deadly encounter with a Kree device after being kidnapped by an alien villain. Her life is saved by Captain Marvel (a Kree superhero) and while she sustains injuries, she also ends up inheriting powers such as flight, near-invulnerability, the ability to predetermine the movement of her opponents and shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands. That's been the most contemporary and recent version of the superhero, and she would be a cool addition to The Avengers.
But Marvel might be getting cold feet about her introduction. Don't worry, they're not hesitant about bringing a female superhero to the big screen, but they're just trying to figure out how they want to introduce her to audiences. If Ms. Marvel shows up at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron like this, she would be a fully formed superhero, powers and all, and the studio isn't sure that's how they want to handle her entrance into the Marvel cinematic universe. It's not that they want to give her an origin story film, but they might like the chance to build her as a character before she joins The Avengers.
In fact, Marvel is keen on avoiding origin stories for the most part now. Much like Thor, it has been reported that Doctor Strange will introduce us to the character fully formed, with his mystical powers, and established relationships. But he won't necessarily be a well-known superhero outside of his own world, not yet coming into contact with the Marvel universe. And that's what Marvel would like to do with Ms. Marvel eventually, which is why they might end up holding her back from The Avengers: Age of Ultron cameo at the end of the film.
If Marvel intends to give Ms. Marvel her own film down the road (Emily Blunt was even rumored for the role in October of 2012), introducing her all of a sudden would be a pretty cool tease, even for those who aren't Marvel fans. In this day and age, if fans are confused about these end scenes, they just go straight to the internet for information, so it shouldn't be that big of a problem to throw her in there. And logistically, Badass says that there's enough time that passes narratively between the end of the important action in Age of Ultron and this end scene in question that it would make sense that Ms. Marvel wouldn't show up until after The Avengers' second big battle, because she didn't have her powers yet.
As of now, it's not clear whether or not this scene has been shot. But if Marvel isn't sure about including Ms. Marvel in this scene, one would suspect that it hasn't been shot yet. Of course, it could just as easily be a scene where Captain America is looking at files or video footage while trying to put a new team together, making it easy to digitally add an image or footage of any potential superheroes they want. But most of the time, these little end scenes are shot when reshoots take place, so maybe it's still in the works. There's even a chance that the scene could piggyback on the production of Captain America 3. For now, just take this all with a grain of salt, because we won't find out if this is true until next summer on May 1st, 2015.