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?