With so many Marvel heroes in play and contracts in flux, there’s been rumblings of possible alterations to the Avengers lineup and Kevin Feige just confirmed it. During an on-set interview, Feige came right out and said that the Avengers roster will be different by the end of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
It’s already been reported that the events of AGE OF ULTRON will have a huge impact on CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, so it seems likely that this new roster Feige is referring to could be the team Captain America is supposedly taking into his new film. If that is the case and the lineup rumors are true, that group could consist of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and possibly The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Here’s what Feige told BuzzFeed:
“It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”
With the “Civil War” storyline coming up, this seemed inevitable. Steve Rogers and Tony Stark don’t see eye to eye when it comes to the Superhuman Registration Act, so there’s your rift right there. BuzzFeed even goes on to point out that the lineup change could weigh heavily on Cap. Here’s what Evans told the outlet about his character:
“He’s still looking for a home, probably a metaphorical home. He’s always felt comfortable as a soldier. And he likes structure. He works well taking orders. But when that dynamic turned on him, he’s now left to depend upon his team, the Avengers. There really is no one above them telling them what to do. They’re kind of having to operate independently. So there’s a lot of leaning on one another, but there really isn’t a kind of clear chain of command. And I think Cap looks for that. I think he’s looking to understand where he belongs, not just as a soldier, as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, as a person.”
We can’t be sure who will remain an Avenger post-AGE OF ULTRON and who will “go on their own adventure” for a while, but based on the rumored AVENGERS 2.5 approach to CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, the “Civil War” storyline and where Cap’s head is at right now, it does seem as though Cap will be the one to hold tight to the team, for now at least.