'The Avengers' Countdown: Marvel Makes Post-'Avengers' Plans

'The Avengers' Countdown: Marvel Makes Post-'Avengers' Plans

Oct 04, 2011

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige revealed more about the studio’s post-Avengers plans to Entertainment Weekly. Previously announced titles like Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Ant-Man are definitely still on the docket, as well as some new surprises. Perhaps emboldened by Thor’s $448 million worldwide box office, Marvel are looking to go cosmic in a big way with live-action films based on the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Inhumans.


Guardians of the GalaxyThe Guardians of the Galaxy: There are two line-ups for the team, and I’d imagine Marvel will be sticking to the oddball members as they appear in the current comics -- Star-Lord, Bug, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Jack Flag, Moondragon, Gamora, Major Victory, and Cosmo.

Who are they? As originally conceived, the Guardians were a team consisting of the last surviving members of a handful of alien races, united to protect Earth against the invading Badoon. The current team is a pro-active group of intergalactic underdogs assembled by one of the original members, Star-Lord.

First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #18, 1969

Required Reading:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Earth Shall Overcome (by Arnold Drake, Gene Colan, and various)

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Quest for the Shield (by Jim Valentino)

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy (by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Paul Pelletier)


The InhumansThe Inhumans: Black Bolt (King of the Inhumans, who can’t speak due to the destructive power of his voice), Medusa (Black Bolt’s queen, with prehensile hair), Karnak (skilled martial artitst), Gorgon (superstrong “tank” of the team), Triton (aquatic hero), Crystal (elemental), and Lockjaw (a teleporting “dog”)

Who Are They? A group of humans that were experimented on by the alien Kree, then abandoned as failures to form their own society.

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #45, 1969

Required Reading:

Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 3 (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 5 (by John Byrne)

Inhumans (by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee)


Avengers News Assembled!

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-- Superhero Hype got their mitts on seven great images from Avengers. I’ve posted one of the more exciting stills here, but you can head over to their site to see the rest.


Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ Episode Guide

Season 1, Episode 12: “Gamma World, Part 1”

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In This Episode: The Avengers are sidetracked from chasing rogue SHIELD agent Hawkeye by the Leader’s plan to gamma-irradiate the world (starting with Las Vegas).

This episode seems to have better-than-average music, as well as a strong vocal performance from Jeffrey Combs as the Leader. It’s mostly a set-up for part 2, with the Avengers squaring off against gamma-powered Wrecking Crew, as well as the first appearance of the U-Foes.

Marvel Universe Watch: Madame Hydra (aka Viper) makes a brief cameo to further along the subplot involving Black Widow as a Hydra spy.


Season 1, Episode 13: “Gamma World, Part 2”

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In This Episode: With no help from the Avengers , Hawkeye enlists the aid of Dr. Bruce Banner (and the Hulk) to reverse the Leader’s plot to turn everyone into gamma-freaks.

Turns out Thor is the only Avenger on the scene immune to the gamma radiation, so it’s up to him, Hawkeye, and Hulk to save the day. It’s interesting to see Thor interact with the Leader, a villain usually only seen taking on the Hulk. Two big fights further this episode along -- one between Thor and Absorbing Man after Absorbing Man absorbs on the power of Mjolnir, and a knock-down-drag-out slugfest between Hulk and the Abomination. By the episode’s end (it wraps up too quickly and cleanly for my tastes -- what happened to all the Hulked-out citizens of Vegas?), both Hawkeye and Hulk are offered a place amongst the Avengers.

Marvel Universe Watch: Another cameo from GI Joe’s Wild Bill! We get to see Crimson Dynamo for half a second, and the Leader gets the “Jiffy Pop” brain that’s associated with artist Todd McFarlane’s late-80’s run on The Incredible Hulk.

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