Why I Think THE AVENGERS 2 Will Be The Beginning Of A Shared Universe

Since last year's The Avengers , people (like myself) have been wondering if we will one day see a massive shared universe on the big screen, hit the jump to see how I feel about the topic.

*NOTE* - This article may contain potential spoilers for upcoming Marvel films (i.e. Iron Man 3, Avengers 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

“Nothing’s been the same since New York” These are the words in which Tony Stark describes his life at the moment, but as fans do we really feel any different? Nothing has been the same since The Avengers, the film broke all types of records and is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Now since The Avengers there have been hundreds of rumors relating to the whole “shared universe” topic. Sometimes we get another piece of the puzzle, other times we are hopelessly let down. For a very long time, sites like ComicBookMovie, SuperheroHype! and ComicBook.Com have been reporting rumors that relate to the whole shared universe, some of the rumors were very convincing, some were a bit ridiculous. But now in this article I will explain why I think The Avengers 2 will be the beginning of a shared cinematic universe.

So for people who don’t know this I’ll break it down for you, Marvel don’t own all the characters film rights, Marvel own the following: Ant-Man, The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Thor. While Fox owns: Fantastic Four and The X-Men. Sony on the other hand own: Spider-Man and Ghost Rider. Now why am I explaining this? Well some of us on this site don’t know all that, any way let’s begin. Last year at the premiere of The Avengers, the god himself, Kevin Feige came out and said “Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch are a little complicated, if them [Fox] wanted to use them in an X-Men movie they could, if we [Marvel Studios] wanted to use them in an Avengers movie we could”. Now why bring this up? Well I bring this up for a simple reason, if this can happen for characters like Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch, what’s stopping Marvel from asking Fox to use Wolverine or asking Sony to use Spider-Man. Joss Whedon (Director of The Avengers) hinted at a brother & sister duo appearing in The Avengers 2, most likely Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch. But you also must ask yourself, what was Fox’s big announcement? A couple of months ago Fox said they had a “big announcement” regarding the characters they own, allow me to explain.

As for Fox’s big announcement, I think Fox have established that X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be the beginning of the shared universe over at Fox consisting of Fantastic Four & obviously The X-Men. Back to the topic of X-Men, if you have seen one of Brian Singer’s Twitter posts, he posted a clipboard showcasing all the actors/actresses who would be appearing in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past, it’s down below. When you look at this, you can easily see the clipboard is nowhere near full. There are at least five missing actors/actresses in the roles of The X-Men. Hopefully one of the missing roles is that of Cyclops, the original leader of the X-Men, who was completely wasted in the X-Men films.

Last year when The Avengers was in post production, The Amazing Spider-Man’s Oscorp Tower was scheduled to appear in the skyline of The Avengers. While a lot of you can say things like “It’s just a building” when in truth it’s more than just a building, if Sony & Disney can agree that they want a building, actually a main building to appear in Marvel’s biggest film of all time. That’s just a little more than “just a building”. Another instance regarding Oscorp & Avengers, was when Gameloft released the Iron Man 3 mobile game, in one level you fly around New York as Iron Man and you come across a billboard, the billboard shows the Oscorp logo seen in The Amazing Spider-Man. Some people could say it’s only there because Gameloft own both The Amazing Spider-Man Mobile Game & Iron Man 3 The Mobile Game, they may have just reused certain things from the Spider-Man game, or it could be something else.

So in conclusion, I believe very strongly that The Avengers 2 will spawn the Ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe, consisting of The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four. Just a little something to take on the noggin, now that the Oscorp Tower has been established, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the tower pop up in The Avengers 2. Do you want to see a shared Marvel Universe? Comment below and let me know! Until next time, I’m MrSpock, Live long and Prosper.

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