Yesterday, May 2d, we watched IronMan2 (which in the comics is also known as WarMachine) and I can only say that it was great, worth your money and time.
However, it is just a plain sequel, in fact I can’t even call it a sequel! It is just a wrapping-up story for Tony Stark on how he ended up working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as was shown at the end of The Incredible Hulk movie. It is just that, an intro to Iron Man (and War Machine) and how they became members of The Avengers.
This post is not a review but a speculation, a view on the correct chronological order of the movies Marvel have released so far, and where the next movies fits in. Remember, these movies are not just solo movies for each members of The Avengers, these are prequels as well.
The movie IronMan2 started right at the “revelation” Press Conference shown on the first movie where Tony Stark revealed his superhero identity to the world. In other words, he is not yet part of “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division” or S.H.I.E.L.D.
This is interesting (and can be confusing for most people), why? At the end of the movie The Incredible Hulk Tony Stark showed up at a bar where General Ross was drinking. Tony Stark told Ross that a “team” is being put together. Obviously, Tony is already part of S.H.I.E.L.D. at this time.
These events then occurred in this chronological order: IronMan & IronMan2 (a little overlap); then The Incredible Hulk. Cool? But wait! If you saw the last few scenes of IronMan2 (after the credits), S.H.I.E.L.D. agents found Thor’s Hammer.
Now think about this: when Tony Stark was creating his new, perfect, non-poisonous power source, he was visited by Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. and said farewell to him. He received a new assignment (did I hear Mexico? I’m not sure). We haven’t seen him after that until the Thor’s Hammer teaser scene.
Still with me? Factor in The Incredible Hulk incident and next year’s movie The Mighty Thor. We can safely assume then that we have overlaps, it is possible that all these movies were happening all at the same time.
Don’t be confused when I say “all at the same time". The overlap could be as short as one day only. But I am more inclined to think that The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor storylines did happen at the same time literally. However that remains to be seen.
Next year Marvel is going to introduce us to two more characters that will be part of The Avengers movie (premiere: May 2012) - obviously Thor himself and the other is Loki.
Here are so far the confirmed characters and actors that will appear in The Avengers movie:
- Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
- Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
- Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.)
- War Machine (Don Cheadle)
- Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
- Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
- Captain America (Chris Evans)
And the not yet confirmed or rumoured or assumed:
- Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)
- The Hulk (Edward Norton; with Lou Ferrigno as the voice of The Hulk)
It appears that the first The Avengers movie will not include the Fantastic Four (in the comics, they became full members of the team) since Chris Evans, who played the character Human Torch, will be donning the armour of Captain America.
Here are the other upcoming Marvel movies that are tied-in to The Avengers universe they created:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- Nick Fury (2012)
And for the Fantastic Four fans, there is a possible 2013 sequel. There is also a possible The Incredible Hulk sequel after The Avengers movie, but don’t get your hopes up with these two movies.