First there was Iron Man, then The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, the Agents of SHIELD TV show is set to begin in a few short months. However, there have been years of Marvel movies owned by other companies that have been doing great at the box office. Marvel movies simply found the right formula and went with it. But what if we could fold the other Marvel movies into one cohesive universe? And how can Agents of SHIELD benefit from this?
While this would probably never happen, it’s always fun to speculate….
• If you think about, both Norman and Harry Osborn (Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3) are the original Marvel Cinematic Universe Super-Soldiers. OsCorp’s “performance enhancers” function much like Prof. Erskine’s formula. Enhanced strength, reflexes, etc, but with detrimental side effects. As Erskine said in Captain America, the formula brings out who you already are—a good man becomes a better man. Much like Captain Blonsky and The Red Skull, Osborn’s formula leads to insanity. Norman was already egotistical and impulsive, the formula made him have a dual personality and to go insane. Harry was obsessed, angry, confused and hurt when he discovered the formula and he was already going a little crazy, hearing his deceased father’s voice.
• Both Norman’s Glider and Harry’s “Sky-Stick” would make interesting SHIELD field equipment, as would a pair of Peter’s web-shooters (from Amazing Spider-Man).
• It would be interesting to see William Dafoe as Norman Osborn in the Iron Patriot armor.
• If Sam Raimi’s Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2) harness was really brought into the Avengers Universe, it would have to be reversed engineered by somebody like Tony Stark. I think adding an ARC Reactor to the arms would give it its own power source and it would look awesome. Plus, an engineer like Stark would probably be able to better protect a chip that leads right into the users’ brain. On top of that, I wouldn’t give my extra mechanical arms evil personalities. With the invention of Stark’s ARC reactor, Octavius’ experiment in contained fusion (“the power of the sun, in my own hand”) really becomes null and void, given it’s so dangerous.
• Both Venom and Sandman feature in the third Spider-Man movie, the one with the dancing. While the Venom symbiote itself was destroyed by Spidey, Dr. Kurt Connors has a small sample of the “black costume” and tests can be made. Flint Marco, AKA the Sandman “escaped” into the New York skyline at the end of the film. SHIELD should be able to locate the subject, offer him a pardon, and offer him a job. After all, the only reason he turned to crime was to get money to help his daughter.
• You may have seen “leaked photos” from the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2 that show Spidey jumping off what appears to be the Stark Tower from The Avengers. If it’s true, it would be interesting to see the two universes (Sony and Disney/Marvel) merge into one. One of the first tweets from Director Marc Webb showed a spider diagram and the words “patient zero.” This page certainly has some interesting theories that could go well with an Avengers tie-in. Imagine Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker getting trained by Chris Evans’ Captain America, Ultimate Spider-Man style (comic or cartoon). I was also thinking of Dr. Connors’ Lizard formula being as in-demand as a possible Hulk formula or as a biological weapon.
• The primary reason I started this article was for this idea. At the end of the original X-Men movie, we see Magneto being held prisoner in his plastic prison. We also quickly see a “Stark Industries” sign regarding the creation of the prison. I would love to see an update of the Magneto’s prison, with the “modern” Stark Industries logo as seen in the Iron Man movies.
• Watching X2, both Nightcrawler and Mystique would make ideal SHIELD agents due to their mutant abilities. Just watch Nightcrawler’s attack on the Oval Office or Mystique infiltrate government installations.
• Wolverine’s Weapon X program sure sounds like a continuation of the SSR’s Super-Soldier program that produced Captain America. And speaking of super-secret programs, were either the Nazis or the SSR aware of Schmidt / Shaw’s experimentation with a young Erik Lensherr during WWII (X-Men First Class)? Maybe Shaw was a member of HYDRA?
• The CIA apparently gave Xavier and Magneto an awful lot of classified technology when they left that CIA facility following Shaw’s attack—Cerebro, the X-Plane—which is based on an SR-71 Blackbird. According to Wikipedia, the Blackbird official didn’t come out until 1964—the movie takes place in 1962. Also, Hank “Beast” McCoy was one of their scientists and a hidden mutant.
• The SSR and SHIELD are supposed to be classified military organizations during this time (I guess Agents of SHIELD will tell us if they’ve come out into the open). However, mutants are responsible for the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Three Mile Island Accident (Wolverine) and attacks on Liberty Island and the White House. Fairly high-profile events. Guess they did a good job at covering these incidents up…
• There has been a lot of hubbub on the Internet talking about Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch being in both Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past AND Avengers 2. Evan Peters is in the X-Men version, but will it be a different actor, different back-story, time period, etc, when it comes time to film Avengers 2?
• Daredevil may be considered an urban legend to the people of Hell’s Kitchen, New York in Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, but Bullseye and Elektra may be on SHIELD’s radar as “persons of interest.” In The Avengers, Black Widow stated there was a watch list for people like herself and Captain America. Bullseye is an Irish assassin who never misses a target, with a knife, pencil or even airline peanuts. Elektra is the daughter of a secret Kingpin who has been trained in martial arts since she was a little girl. I’d say they’re definitely on a watch list.
• Being trained NASA pilots and former military officers, SHIELD would pick up right away on Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm’s new abilities. In the second FF movie, Reed Richards is already being used by the military to detect Galactus and The Silver Surfer. It wouldn’t be much of a “stretch” to use him in an updated PEGASUS project (the whole thing would have to be rebuilt since it was destroyed by Loki and the Tesseract in the beginning of Avengers). Besides being Jessica Alba, Sue Storm could also be used as a scientific advisor in SHIELD. Victor Von Doom and Latveria are obviously considered hostile entities to the United States.
• Finally, I know that The Dark Knight trilogy is from a Different Company, but how cool would it be to see a Tumbler done up in SHIELD colors with the logo on top? The Tumbler is a military vehicle after all, developed by Wayne Industries’ Applied Sciences Division as a “bridging vehicle…it includes weaponry and the ability to boost into a rampless jump.” As seen in those movies, it’s virtually indestructible.
So can the Marvel universes be conjoined into one by Agents of SHIELD or future Marvel movies?