Note: Although the film has already been released in Europe, please do not post any spoilers in the comments out of respect for those who haven’t had the chance to see it over here in the States
With the countdown to the American release of Marvel’s The Avengers movie just three days away (less if you’re doing a midnight showing), there are a number of things we’re looking to seeing on the big screen. Past the catch phrases, face-offs, and witty barbs, here are with five things we wish would show up in Marvel’s The Avengers but realize we probably won’t.
5. The Quinjet
Not all of The Avengers are gifted with the means of flight like Iron Man or Thor (or jumping as in the case of the Hulk), and the main means of transportation for the team over the years has been the quintessential Avengers ride, the Quinjet. Originally debuted in Avengers #61 back in 1969 as a gift from Black Panther, it’s gone on to take the team across the globe and even enter space. Heck, at this point I’d be satisfied if they just had the Great Lakes Avengers’ Quinjetta, a retrofitted Volkswagen Jetta.
4. The Vision
Although not part of the original team, since joining the team in 1968′s The Avengers #57 The Vision has become the backbone of the team. Whether in his original red-green-yellow garb or the haunting pale white costume, The Vision has the definitive robot with a soul – beating Star Trek‘s Data by a few decades.
3. The Avengers Membership Card
Although the team was hastily assembled in comics and film to battle a force no single one of them could fight on their own, once the team became an institution some of the minutiae of running the team became some interesting moments. From Captain America’s regular recruitment drives to his decision on who would be an Avengers, these rare Avengers membership cards were a rare commodity that heroes fought for the chance to hold.
2. The “Other” Original Avengers, The Wasp and Ant-Man
They may have been marginalized in comics and in the build-up to the film so far, Ant-Man and The Wasp were a big part of The Avengers in their founding and through the years. In addition to her big (or would it be small) presence on the battlefield, The Wasp was responsible for naming the team and designing costumes for a number of them. Ant-Man, for his part, was one of the early leaders of the team and was part of some momentous moments for the team — even when it was him inadvertently creating their next villain like Ultron.
1. Jack Kirby
Although some rumors say that Jack Kirby’s name won’t show up in the credits, I have it on good authority it does. But what I’d really like to see Kirby get the kind of recognition — and screen time — that his Avengers co-creator Stan Lee gets. Even though Kirby has passed on, there are other ways to pay tribute… or always throwing some of that special effects budget into bringing Kirby to life (with his family’s permission). I’d rather see that than Tupac any day.