Fan Service Assemble!1 of 13
Okay, okay, we don’t know if next May’s Avengers 4: The Search For Its Actual Title will clock in at more than three hours as suggested Thursday by co-director Joe Russo. But IF it ultimately winds up that long it should leave plenty of time for some long-awaited MCU loose ends to be tied. These would be little moments that require some tidying up or we’d just like to see occur before the first generation of Marvel actors (and perhaps their characters) cash in their pensions and give way to the post-21st Century Fox acquisition iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Heck, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King famously delivered over 30 minutes of essential postscript after the defeat of Mordor, so there is precedent for spending considerable screen time in the service of fan moments.
So in no particular order, here are the fan moments we want to see in Avengers 4.
The "Captain...Captain" Moment2 of 13
Even the most serious of MCU films offer enough self-aware snark (Thor hanging up his hammer on a coat rack in The Dark World) so they shouldn’t let the moment pass when Carol Danvers first makes the acquaintance of Steve Rogers.
Cap (the male one) introduced himself as “Steve” to Groot, but Avengers 4 is going to have to acknowledge the first meeting between its two Captains.
Tony should probably be there to snark-play-by-play the moment.
Closure on Thor's Women Problem3 of 13
Unless you haven’t noticed, women in Thor’s life tend to disappear all of a sudden. Forgetting his mother’s death in The Dark World, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) just went away without mention (at least Civil War gave us some info on Pepper Potts until her surprise reemergence in Homecoming); Valkyrie also was just absent in Infinity War, despite Thanos boarding the spaceship she was in; and perhaps strangest of all, despite an all-Asgardians-on-deck-crisis in Ragnarok, Jamie Alexander’s Sif hasn’t been seen or mentioned since The Dark World and her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearances.
Now we expect to see Valkyrie in Avengers 4 but Marvel Studios should give Sif and Jane (and Darcy, while we're at it) the respect Pepper received and at least tell us what happened to them.
Showing us would be even better.
And sticking with the theme, Chris Evans appears to be moving on and may be taking Cap with him. Did he and Sharon Carter make out in front of the Volkswagen Beetle for no reason at all? Follow it up!!!
The Hulk Meets Spider-Man4 of 13
Of all the still-waiting-for-in-introduction moments that have yet to occur (Dr. Strange meeting most of the Avengers/Earthbound heroes) the potential biggest of which is Spider-Man and the Hulk’s first icon-to-icon encounter. Remember, Hulk wasn’t there for Civil War, so these two Marvel giants should get a significant moment or two together on screen.
A Supervillain Team-Up5 of 13
Guess what? Warner Bros.'s Justice League actually did something right. The post-credits meeting of Lex Luthor and Deathstroke was maybe the highlight of the movie and drew attention to a first Marvel or Warner Bros. hasn’t really gotten to yet (sorry, Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, you’re disqualified for, we don’t know … general apathy?)
Sure, Red Skull kind of met Thanos, but a full on meeting of multiple supervillain minds and a coordinated plot against the heroes has yet to really take place in either of the three major comic book universes (not really counting Magneto and Apocalypse either, Mags blurs the line too often). Marvel should be the first.
Someone Tell the Avengers Coulson is Alive6 of 13
Jeez, guys, it’s been over five years now. Remember in The Martian when Matt Damon's astronaut character learned NASA didn't tell his mission crew that he was still alive? That was a few months, how is Cap, Tony and co. going to react when they find out Phil got better and has in fact been operating under their noses since 2013?
Phil should get a hug and Nick should get a punch to the jaw for Pete’s sake.
Reunited and it Feels So Good7 of 13
Well, we got two of these and they go hand-in-hand and they’re pretty obvious, but hell, we have the space to include them so why not?
Of course Cap and Tony have to get together and hug-it-out. It should probably be at the climax of the second act for maximum effect.
And of course with that comes Reunion #2 – Tony has to give Cap his shield back, at least for one more go-around. The Wakandan techno hand shields were nice and all, but c’mon, we need to see that disk bouncing off villainous henchmen and return to Cap again.
Then maybe he needs to pass it down … but that’s a story for another time.
Peter Quill Visits His Mom8 of 13
Unlike Groot and Rocket, Star-Lord still hasn’t actually been back to Earth yet, but depending on how Avengers 4 shapes up, Peter visiting the gravesite of his beloved mother is a practical narrative must. He can’t been seen on Earth and not do that. Why, that’d be like Leia and Chewbacca passing each other without even a nod in one another’s direction after Han died.
Hell, Marvel, we can write this for you – he leaves an Awesome Mixtape Vol. 3 that he created on her gravestone.
We can even take it a step further. Given the nature of the Infinity Stones, Peter visiting his mother while she is still alive seems on the table.
Hank ... Fun-Sized9 of 13
Yes, Hank Pym explaining that long-term Pym Particle damage prevented him from being Ant-Man was a convenient narrative explanation for recruiting Scott Lang. But then again, when you think about it, him knowingly exposing Scott and then Hope to the same long-terms negative health effects isn’t exactly father(figure)ly.
Maybe Hank was just so traumatized by Janet’s death that the long-term effects thing was just a psychological excuse. Since Ant-Man and the Wasp seemed to set up Janet as some sort of Quantum Realm warrior badass, seeing Hank put on his suit and do his thing by her side one last time seems like the logical play here.
Who Gets to Do the Deed?10 of 13
Someone’s going to have to finally deliver the fatal blow to Thanos, so who ya got?
Gamora had her shot once in the Collector’s HQ on Knowhere but it wasn’t for reals. It’d be fitting revenge given him pushing her off that cliff and all, but she needs to move on and rise above vengeance.
Drax’s entire origin is based on revenge, but that was more Ronan despite Drax moving the goalposts at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.
So we’re actually going to choose Nebula, who seems to have suffered the most by Thanos’ purple hands as far as major characters go.
That seems like it'd have the most satisfying dramatic pay-off.
Someone ... ANYONE From TV Shows Up11 of 13
C’mon Kev, throw us a bone.
Luke Cage … Daredevil … the Punisher … Daisy Johnson … Karen Page for @#$%’s-sake … give us one small moment to acknowledge it really is all connected (even if it really isn’t). Audiences will enjoy it and it wouldn’t even have to be much.
He's Gotta Say It12 of 13
Okay, this is cheating, but one more.
He almost did in Civil War (in a scene which oddly mirrored that same year’s Fantastic Four), but before the curtain falls we need at least one “Avengers Assemble!" from Captain America, don't we?
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