Two of the Avengers big 3 may be sitting out "Avengers 3" #Avengers

The Avengers - Iron Man Robert Downey Jr, Captain America Chris Evans, Thor Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner Hawkeye, Black Widow Scarlett Johansson

In a move reminiscent of the comic book, some of the founding members of The Avengers may not be back for “Avengers 3.”

Jay Maidment/Marvel
Jay Maidment/Marvel

Badass Digest says Marvel is debating benching Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and maybe Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and delay their final contractually obligated film before renegotiation.

This would leave Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (whose contract is only good through “Avengers 3”), Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk as the remaining founding members. That would be a nice nod to the constantly revolving door of the comics’ team, which saw the founding members leave by issue #12. We already know the team’s ranks will grow as a result of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which will bring on popular members Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and the lineup switch would also allow Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and rumored Black Panther and Ms. Marvel to join the team for “Avengers 3.”

world war hulkThere remains rumors that Hulk’s next solo movie would be “World War Hulk,” based on a the comic storyline that took him off Earth. So it’s possible only 2 of the original 6 would be around for “Avengers 3.”

That rumor of course wildly contrasts with the assumed storyline of “Avengers 3,” that of the team finally coming face to face with Thanos and adapting the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. What do you think? Should “Avengers 3” be a springboard for the next Avenger generation or would you rather just see all the big guns in for the Infinity Gauntlet movie?

  • keith

    i want them all, especially hulk and thor ( black widow can be in true role as a support shield type.. .I know im sexist lol). and just freaking add BP strange, ant man.

  • keith

    but for WWH to happen um.. dont hulk have to get shipped to that planet and be betrayed by his friends. i know they can conceive a worm or hole or something to by that, but wwh he came back to take over the earth ( one of my favorite books for hulk period)

  • I’m ok with Dr. Strange not showing up, especially since they already have a magician type with Scarlet Witch.

  • Yeah, but they could easily just have some bad guy, or even Loki, trick him to going off planet.

  • Fred

    Yeah Jeff but you know it’s inevitable that Dr. Strange is going to pop up in an ‘Avengers’ film or two, it’s just going to happen somewhere down the road.

  • I’d be cool with him making a cameo or helping them out for a sec, but he doesn’t need to be featured too heavily.

    What was your take on the box office this week, Fred?

  • Fred

    So long as they have a good story arc in place and add Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Dr. Strange and Ant-Man like you suggested Jeff, it could make sense. Especially if Marvel is going with a two film story arc surrounding Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Perhaps Marvel will use ‘Avengers 3’ to get audiences more acclimated to the new heroes as they move on to the future. It’s not like we’re going to see the same line up of members in ‘Avengers’ constantly, they do change and revolve in the comics and the movies will be no different. Now if Thor, Cap and Widow are indeed kept out of ‘Avengers 3’ it’s not like we won’t see them again, we’re guaranteed to see them back in ‘Avengers 4’ if Marvel does indeed go this route. It could be epic seeing them return in ‘Avengers 4’ when the team most needs them and perhaps the ‘Hulk’ will be lurking in the background as well and make a full rousing return in ‘Avengers 4’. There’s so many possibilities how this might play out so who knows, for all we know this could just turn out to be a rumor and nothing more. I think how ‘Age Of Ultron’ plays out could give us some answers on these rumors we’ve been hearing lately.

  • There’s all kinds of interesting possibilities. I’d be down for a West Coast Avengers and well as that Defenders/Avengers war we’re Namor and Silver Surfer away from getting now.

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  • Ben

    You don’t think that now Cap 3 is Civil War, we could see the Death of Captain America?

  • I think it’s possible since Evans only has one film left after Cap 3 and I figured they could hold off and use him for the second half of Avengers: Infinity War.

  • Fred

    I could see something like that playing out. And before someone comes in saying how can Cap return from the dead, remember Marvel has now introduced the alien and cosmic aspects and magic and the supernatural are soon to follow, so nothing is impossible in that world.

  • Fred

    I believe Feige when he says that part 1 of ‘Infinty War’ will consist of a different line up, I think some of the Avengers members will not appear in the first one and they’ll appear together for part 2, but that’s just my guess and I might be wrong.

  • They’ve also still got the Cosmic Cube and the Infinity Gauntlet up their sleeve, both of which can literally change reality.

  • Fred

    Very true, and of course one of the stones has the ability to bring back life while another has the ability to go back in time.

  • Yep. Easy out there 🙂

  • Fred

    We’re going to be in for some freakish happenings in these upcoming films my friend, starting with “Age Of Ultron”.