I was watching the Incredible Hulk Movie this morning (Ed Norton version, which surprisingly gets a little better each time I see it) and got to thinking aboot the Avengers movie they have coming out in two years. Iron Man introduced us to Nick Fury, Tony Stark made a cameo at the end of hulk, there were Thor and Captain America references in Iron Man 2, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a man frozen in ice when the Thor movie comes out next spring.
To say Avengers will be the most hyped movie in the history of comic book movies is an understatement. Here’s the rub though: most movies that are hyped that much usually su-diddly-uck. While most of the newer Marvel movies have been really good (albeit not “The Dark Knight” good), it’ll still be hard to meet expectations.
The question now is how to make the movie not suck so bad, and ESPECIALLY not be a live action movie of the animated Avengers DVD’s (which were so terrible they should be studied). I have three ideas:
Planet Hulk – Ed Norton wants nothing to do with the franchise anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the Hulk. Let’s work the “Planet Hulk” story line into the movie where a group of hero’s (led by Iron Man) sent Hulk into space after he became a threat to society. The moral conflict in doing so will set up the movie, plus when the Hulk comes back to Earth in the end it’ll give us a great fight scene.
Secretary of Defense – At the end of Iron Man 2, Tony Stark was deemed too unstable to be a part of the “Avengers Protocol,” but they were keeping him as a consultant. Let’s have Stark reprise his role as Secretary of Defense as he was in the “Civil War” series. It gives Robert Downey Jr. more camera time as himself and to act, which is what made the Iron Man movies so great. Plus, later on when he puts the suit back on, it has some build up behind it.
Civil War – The main storyline in the “Civil War” series was a conflict between Captain America and Iron Man, who led the two opposing factors in the Civil War. We will have had three movies to familiarize the audience who each character is, and putting them against each other I think would be a very compelling story. It’d be easier to fill the rest of the movie with B- and C- level characters like they did in X-Men, because the two main ones we’d be focused on would be “Cap” and “Shellhead.”
As for Thor? I’m not that familiar with his history and backstory, but I’m sure he can be worked in rather easily. Maybe have Donald Blake side with Iron Man, and Thor side with Captain America.
Hollywood, just give me the call. I have “Final Draft” already installed on my computer.