<p>The Avengers roster continues to expand on the big screen, with the latest reports placing Paul Bettany in the role of the Vision after cutting his teeth in four Marvel films as J.A.R.V.I.S. <p>Will Bettany be last new Avenger to join the fight against James Spader’s Ultron in 2015’s <b>Age of Ultron</b>? Maybe, but even if he is we bet S.H.I.E.L.D. will need to recruit even <i>more</i> Avengers when Thanos eventually comes knocking on Earth’s door in what everyone assumes will be <b>Avengers 3</b>. <p>So we’re digging deep into the all-time comic book roster of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to update this countdown originally published almost 3 years ago now, even throwing a full-on dream pick or two into the mix. Check out the next ten big-screen Avengers we want to see here. We got a <i>lot</i> right last time (as you’re about to see) so you just may be looking into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! <p><i>Troy Brownfield contributed to an earlier version of this article. Lucas Siegel and Michael Doran contributed updates.</i>
Okay, this one is sort of a cheat, and just to note that in the original incarnation of this countdown (originally published in July 2011), five characters appeared that are now, in fact, slated to make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. <p>The Vision, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver will appear in 2015’s <b>Avengers: Age of Ultron</b>, the Falcon in this spring’s <b>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</b>, and Ant-Man (perhaps no less than two of them) in July 2015’s self-titled feature, with Sam Wilson and the Ant-Men all certainly eligible to make a cameo of some sort or another in <b>Age of Ultron</b> and/or <b>Avengers 3</b>. <p>And while we may find out what role <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/20249-report-evangeline-lilly-in-talks-for-ant-man.html>Evangeline Lilly will reportedly play in <b>Ant-Man</b></a> any second now, until it’s confirmed one way or another whether she’s playing Janet Van Dyne the Wasp, that long-time Avengers and once-Chairperson [spoiler warning] remains in our countdown somewhere among the next 9 entries. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: We're good with the people that actually <i>got</i> cast.
What better way to introduce Jen than in a franchise that's already got her cousin in it? There's no learning curve from introducing the concept, as audiences already get the Hulk. She-Hulk also brings an interesting dimension of wisecracking personality to the team, another profound difference between her and Bruce (aside from her femininity, of course). <p>She-Hulk has been eyed by Hollywood for quite some time (who can forget the Bridgette Nielsen test shots? Okay, maybe you should), and it would be cool to see her. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: LARGE professional wrestlers and the like always seem to get the nod here, but given the Hulk is all motion capture CG, a real woman painted green wouldn’t match, so we’re going out of the box to cast the bookish, unimposing Jennifer Walters/wearer of the motion capture suit. How about <i>Masters of Sex</i>’s Lizzy Caplan?
The second of five ladies on the list, Tigra's here partially because she represents a completely different character category: the archetypal were-person. The movies have been covering people in fur for decades, so Tigra would probably be an easy character to add. Her aggressive, playful persona could also bounce off of the other actors in a positive way. <p>We're also reminded that Tigra was indeed a member of the animated team of the '90s. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: the Internet has speculated on Michelle Rodriguez for Tigra before.
Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, remains Marvel's answer to Wonder Woman on a number of levels. For one thing, Marvel is <i>in her name</i>. For another, she's had a much stronger presence in the line in the past decade, bolstered by her own series and stand-out, critical roles in many Avengers stories. <p>On television, she appeared regularly on <i>Super-Hero Squad</i> and had her origin set up in the first season of <i>Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes</i>. She's also appearing in the upcoming animated movie "Black Widow & Punisher" alongside the rest of the current MCU Avengers lineup. Yes, we like She-Hulk, but Captain Marvel is a flying, blasting, ass-kicking powerhouse with a military history and an attitude. Who wouldn't want to see her mixing it up with the (mostly) boys club? <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: Did somebody say Katee Sackhoff?
One of the more complicated origin stories amongst the Avengers, Wonder Man aka Simon Williams, would need a bit of tweaking in order to make it to the big screen, especially amongst what we already know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with that tweaking, he could fit shockingly well. <p>What we do for the MCU is take Simon's later status as a stuntman and movie star, and start him there. With everything going right for Simon Williams, his deadbeat older brother Eric comes to him desperate for help. Simon goes with him, and is ambushed, forced into an ambush by Baron Zemo (hey, he's gotta make it into the MCU sometime, right?), who experiments on him, giving him his new Ionic state and powers. From there we make him an Avenger pretty much the same way - he's blackmailed into fighting <i>for</i> Zemo at first, yadda yadda yadda… Avenger. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: Channing Tatum - he's got the star power, and the swagger, for better or for worse.
We've <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/15673-10-casting-candidates-for-the-live-action-doctor-strange.html>talked about this one at length</a>, and yes, he's heavily rumored to be getting his own film in "Phase 3" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's grand plan. But let's face it, this, along with Black Panther, is one of those "must gets," and soon. <p>Doctor Strange doesn't just give you a completely different powerset/corner of the Marvel universe to explore with magic, but he potentially works as an anchor for the whole next round of films. Leave the technological behind, and let the magical come to the forefront. You have Scarlet Witch and the Asgardians as the keyhole looking into this world, now let Strange open the door wide. <p>Even the cosmic side of things can get in on the fun with Adam Warlock/Adam Magus. Mark our words: Doctor Strange is the key to the next phase of the MCU. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: We would have (and did) say Johnny Depp a few months back, but the rumors have made us tired of the idea. As to that other rumor, we’ll see your Jon Hamm and raise you a Benedict Cumberbatch.
People have been trying to get a Black Panther movie made for years. He's gotten his own animated series and he was in the cast of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. He's also an incredibly useful HeroClix character. <p>What better way to set Black Panther up for a spin-off film or series that to induct him into the cinematic Avengers? <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: Our original pick was Chiwetel Ejiofor, and he’s since broken out as star of the current award-season favorite <i>12 Years a Slave</i>, so we’re not moving from that pick.
Yes, we also considered Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but at the end of the day, the horse as mostly left the barn in terms of trying to fit the established history of Fox’s X-Men-verse into the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric Marvel Cinematic U. <p>Sony’s newly-rebooted <b>Spider-Man</b> franchise is new enough that while you’d still have to explain where S.H.I.E.L.D. was during the Lizard’s attack on NYC, and where they’ll be during what looks to be an all-out Sinister Six siege on Time’s Square in <b>Amazing Spider-Man 2</b>, with a little pliable logic and a willing audience you can make Andrew Garfield’s Spidey fit. <p>And his iconic status and not to mention his youth would make a near perfect fit for this older-skewing incarnation of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. <p>Now we don’t pretend to know the certain nightmare of complications that will likely entail such cross-studio cooperation, but as <i>fans</i> we get to sit back and ask ‘it’s the upside obvious?’ It would make Disney’s <b>Avengers</b> films that much bigger, and Sony’s <b>Spider-Man</b> franchise that much more important. <p>Unless you (and Marvel Studios) are still holding out hope of Sony ceding the Spider-Man license back to Marvel, this still seems like a win-win to us. <p>But given its extreme unlikelihood, we’re prepared a back-up plan… <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: Um, Andrew Garfield? Duh.
We’ve <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/9998-marvel-names-new-assemble-team-adds-curious-cast-member.html>touched on this idea in the past</a>. Assuming Sony holds on to the <b>Spider-Man</b> rights until grim death (safe assumption), would Marvel Studios have the nuts to throw Spider-Woman into the Avengers movie mix? With Fox and Marvel both staring one another down with duel-Quicksilver appearances, it isn’t inconceivable. <p>Now we don’t know if Marvel, in fact, retains the live-action rights to Spider-Woman. We <i>do</i> know she’s not and never has been a Spider-Man supporting character in any, way, shape or form. She doesn’t share any similarities in origin, and since her creation, she’s legitimately steeped in the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. and for most of the last decade firmly entrenched in the Avengers. <p>Adding Spider-Woman into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would certainly garner its share of attention, particularly in fans circles like this one, but it wouldn’t just be stirring the pot for stirring’s sake. Brian Bendis has established Jessica Drew as valuable team member, and she makes more than a logical fit in Avengers movie-verse. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: This was one has Eva Green written all over it.
It's a crime that the sole founding female member, the Avengers' first lady, isn't included in the film. Granted, we hear rumors of Jan being included in the upcoming <i>Ant-Man</i>, but that doesn't faze us. <p>Wasp has been a team member of long-standing, a team leader, and appeared in every animated version of the team. Witness her value on <b>Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes</b>, where she fulfills roles comedic, romantic, and feisty. <p>The Wasp is an excellent team player that would fit in well with an on-screen Avengers ensemble. <p>Semi-obligatory casting suggestion: Some form of Janet Van Dyne will almost certainly appear in <b>Ant-Man</b> - so let's say "Maybe Evangeline Lilly" for now and wait and see.