In the comics world, the Avengers were initially a group of solo heroes who met up in a joint effort to capture the Hulk. Realizing that the green goliath was largely misunderstood, they offered him friendship, and then decided they could all work together as a team that would fight menaces no single hero could handle.
Over the years, the team has altered, grown, disbanded, reformed and has even expanded into different branches working simultaneously in different areas. They’ve fought aliens, world conquerors, time travelers and alternate-reality menaces. So the question becomes: Who will they battle in the live-action movie?
While some of their classic stories would involve a heavy dose of continuity, here are a few arcs that could be streamlined (with a little imagination) into a two-hour film for the mainstream audience.
AVENGERS Vol. 1 #6-7 – “The Masters of Evil”
Captain America was still adjusting to the modern world when one of his greatest enemies, Hitler’s top weapons-maker, Baron Heinrich Zemo, turned up alive and well. Having retarded his aging with advanced science, Zemo now gathered enemies of the individual Avengers into a team dedicated to the heroes’ destruction. This group was so formidable and vicious that Thor called them “Masters of Evil” and things only got worse when Zemo added two Norse gods to the team.
A group of villains that included a sorceress, a modern-day knight, a literal radioactive man and an actual Nazi would be something movie audiences would never forget.
AVENGERS Vol. 1 #8 – “Kang, the Conqueror”
Born in a future era where peace reigned, Kang was so bored with life that he decided to use time travel and weaponry from different eras to wage war against Earth’s mightiest heroes of the past. Others might have gone back in time to kill the Avengers when they were kids, but for Kang that would eliminate the whole point. He was a conqueror and wanted a true fight.
Captain America once called Kang a “time terrorist,” which would make this sci-fi villain extra frightening for today’s audiences.
AVENGERS: “The Kree-Skrull War”
For years, the the alien military empire of the Kree and the race of shape-shifting aliens known as the Skrulls had been at war. Now, they decided that Earth was a strategic territory and they were ready to fight for it. The Avengers had tackled alien villains before, but this was the first time they had to fight their way through two armies of advanced technology in order to protect their entire planet.
This kind of action in a film would put many straightforward space opera movies to shame!
AVENGERS Vol. 1 #99-100 – “Whatever Gods There Be!”
The Avengers have Thor, Norse god of thunder, but there are other pantheons, too. In this story, the Greek god Ares is planning on invasion of Earth and has taken Hercules captive. The Avengers are forced to call on old allies and split into two teams, one on Earth trying to hold off the invading forces of Ares while the other team invades Olympus itself.
Imagine what “Clash of the Titans” would have been like in the modern day, with Captain America and Iron Man. This is that story!
AVENGERS Vol 3. 19-22 – “Ultron Unlimited”
Years ago, Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) had created artificial life with his intelligent robot Ultron. But the robot turned on his “father” and became an enemy of the Avengers, dedicated to the destruction of all human life. In this story, Ultron finally showed just how deadly he was when he destroyed an entire European country, killing every living thing he and his robot minions came across.
The Terminators are emotionless, but Ultron is downright psychotic and enjoys dealing out death, so seeing the Avengers take him on, with the stakes this high, would make for an intense film.
What story do you think will be used for “The Avengers” movie? Is there another arc you’d like to see adapted in a live-action film? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!