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The wrong heroes? Avengers: Age of Ultron

It will probably be the biggest movie to arrive on cinema screens in less than a year from now, with post-production taking place over the new few months. It has the well known great iconic superheroes including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more. There are even a bunch of other new faces this time, as we see the line-up change and expand. This is a good change, as the Marvel universe moves along in cinema, but is it the best change we could have seen?
for this next chapter of Marvel’s Avengers on the big screen, we have characters including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision joining the group of heroes. They may or may not improve the balance and dynamic of action and adventure, along with the next menacing villain Ultron.
But what other hero characters could have taken part this time, and which should have?
We do have Scarlet Witch added this time, who will be there alongside Black Widow, but are there still not enough good female characters involved? Are the women just in the shadow of the over the top antics of the muscular and brash male heroes?
There could have been the less known but loved Black Panther, a strong and equally mighty black character to enter the cast. He may still be due a film of his own in future, so there is time for him yet in the next sequel.
Over the decades, there have been various changes to the line-up of the Avengers in the comics, with known heroes coming and going, and often the interaction and dynamics between characters has been worth seeing besides who they due to fight or battle with.
Another great character hero of colour who could have been added would be Luke Cage, who may have added an alternative feel to the story with his personal background and family where the other leads are less tied down.
A female character who really could have blown open the way besides the male characters would be Ms. Marvel. Like Supergirl, Wonder Woman and others, she would of course have needed a serious costume make-over which may have been too much. As a character, she has been often extremely bold and striking visually and in tales, and also she is being taken through a new design period so again it could be a while before she makes it onto the big screen.
As hugely successful as The Avengers movie has been internationally, could it have different and just as good? It did take a few movies to set it all up, and ultimately the movie did have to really contain the most well known and iconic Marvel heroes, but could it have taken more wild risks and been a better film?
We are getting a sequel, and another after that, and then the many related other Marvel movies before and after featuring other varied characters-some well known, other less so.
Now that we have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, and the great success that it has achieved with characters and a tale which some considered a real risk, the next few Marvel movies being lined up will offer more varied strange, unusual and interesting heroes, villians and tales for all.
Right now, some of the characters and movies due from rivals DC comics may actually seem possibly more bold and challenging but so far overall Marvel has given us regular, good movies with balance of epic action, sincere comicbook style visuals adapted well, well chosen actors. Can the Avengers become stronger and greater over time? Will the DC heroes suddenly rise up and claim rule over cinema screens in only a couple of years from now? We will see…



Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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