It’s official, The Avengers 2 is set to hit cinemas May 1st 2015 and director Joss Whedon is on board to write and director the team’s second outing. Marvel recently announced their plans for “Phase 2″ which sees sequels to current franchises Iron Man, Thor and Captain America as well as introducing new movies for Ant Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy and it’s expected that all of these characters will be appearing alongside each other in the aforementioned Avengers 2 to face off against purple chinned menace, Thanos.
So if we do a head count we’ve got Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Ant-Man teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot plus supporting characters such as War Machine, newcomers Falcon and The Winter Soldier appearing in Captain America 2 as well as S.H.I.E.L.D agents Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Maria Hill and all of that is before we start to think about introducing the villains (assuming Marvel will eventually let Loki go now that the fan-girls have got hold of him.)
This is where the problem lies, up until this point having a joint universe has been an exciting prospect as you wait to see who will be introduced next and try to spot all of the easter eggs but when Guardians Of The Galaxy was announced I became aware of a problem with the movie universe. You can’t skip a movie out like you can a comic book. My pull list is devoid of almost everything to do with the cosmic universe and thus Guardians Of The Galaxy wouldn’t be one of my choices for the Hollywood treatment but I have no choice but to see the film if I want to continue with the other films in the Avengers franchise. This wasn’t as much of a problem with “Phase 1″ due to the limited number of team members enabled an introduction to each of them in The Avengers but if the series continues to grow outwards as it has done up until now that will stop being possible.
This further becomes a problem with the introduction of Marvel’s live-action TV series in the works. Joss Whedon was announced to be heading up a super-secret Marvel TV project (hopefully Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D) at the same time that he was announced onboard for Avengers 2 while Mexican born Guillermo del Toro is producing The Incredible Hulk TV show focusing on the early years of the character and his relationship with Betty Ross.