Saturday, May 8, 2010
After seeing Iron Man 2 last night, and completely enjoying every moment of it, I find myself thinking about the Avengers as they will be constituted on-screen, and how they stack up as a typical adventuring party. It's no secret that Marvel is building their own larger movie continuity, currently including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk, with Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger to be added on prior to the release of the team-up film, The Avengers. Then you have Nick Fury and Black Widow, who will play prominently in the mix, plus the outside chance of some War Machine, and what I suspect is a likely role for General "Thunderbolt" Ross. Other members may be introduced in that film, with Hawkeye potentially at the top of that list, depending on which rumors you believe. After that, it appears that the potential Avengers roster will expanded even further, with movies for Ant Man and Hawkeye (if not already included), plus the rebooted Spider-Man which will potentially exist in this same universe.
*Whew* That's a lot of heroic goodness.
This prospect excites me to no end, but how will this mash-up work as a traditional RGP adventuring party?
I honestly find this a bit hard to classify, to tell you the truth. Many of the characters wobble between traditional roles, and some archetypes seem to be missed, entirely. Here's my take on the characters that are known to be in the film (or whose actors have claimed to be), but feel free to chime in to correct me where I've gone astray.
The Hulk, himself, is apparently set to appear whether Banner does or not. He's the ultimate Tank, but that seems irrelevant as I doubt he'll appear as a straight hero character, and part of the team. If you've seen the Marvel animated movie, Ultimate Avengers, I think you've seen the role that Hulk will take in the film: a walking disaster that forces the team to galvanize and work together. Maybe I'm wrong and we see that Banner has sufficient control over Hulk to make him an actual hero, as was hinted at in the close of The Incredible Hulk. Either way, it will be awesome.
So, that's the cast as it is supposed to exist, though certainly others could come into the fold. While it is a bit heavy in the "brute force" category, I think I'd take this team for a run through some dungeons. How about you?