Bring on the Bad Guys!
Working out just who might be picking about the devastation is a compelling question. I have worked out a short list of primary suspects (other than S.H.I.E.L.D.) that could find all or part of their origins in pilfered Chitauri technology and materials.
This just in! Photos from a location shoot for Iron Man 3 have revealed that A.I.M. will be a part of the movie pantheon. Hopefully they will be more than just another background organization. We will know next year to be sure.
A combination of CG and practical effects would make this unique Marvel character look incredible on the big screen. With a long history as an adversary of nearly every group or solo hero in the Marvel Universe, M.O.D.O.K. would be an ideal villain to introduce in Iron Man 3 and bring to bear in Captain America 2. Who knows? Depending on what else was being cooked up over at A.I.M., M.O.D.O.K. could even wind up sending Cap back in time. And frankly the good Captain needs to spend a little time in his own time in one of his on-screen adventures. Perhaps he can meet Namor and Union Jack and found the Invaders while he’s at it!
Thank you to Andrew for reminding me about this big guy!
The cleanup effort in New York would be massive to say the least. Not to mention a bonanza for contractors, engineers, and builders, both legitimate and shady. Dirk Garthwaite is a contractor directly involved in some of the restoration efforts over at Stark Tower. As one of the first to assess the damage he makes the chance discovery of the curious blade used by Loki to kidney punch his brother during their confrontation out on the exterior plaza. Assuming it is just more of the junk that will be tossed out with the rubble he takes it as a souvenir.
Upon later inspection he realizes that it is forged from a metal unlike any he has ever seen. He calls in some colleagues who have also collected bits and pieces from the rubble and have been toying with them in their spare time. In working with the metals and some of the technology they have found they create the tools and augmented costumes of their new trade. After initially goofing around with their new found powers they determine that they have what it takes to take what they want by force. After a few successful bank heights (vaults being minor obstacles to the Wrecking Crew) they run afoul of Thor who proves more vulnerable to the Wrecker’s prybar (an amalgam of Asgardian, Chitauriian, and Earthly metals) than to the weapons of the other criminals. Of course they are all simply part of a larger plot with a much more profound villain in the context of a Thor film.
Like Joel Hodgson, Hank Pym just wanted his own robotic pal to assist in the lab and showcase the full measure of his genius. Perhaps looking upon his metal Frankenstein’s monster as the prototype of a future army of drone protectors, he dubs his creation Ultron and calls it a day. Pym has bigger (or smaller – see below) fish to fry. As a result of complex algorithms and combination of interstellar and Earthly computer technology the Ultron unit becomes self aware. If you are familiar with the character in comics then you know that ol’ Ultry comes equipped with energy blasting capabilities standard. That would seem an odd design choice at best on screen, but there is a way around this.
If Ultron is presented initially as an artificial assistant to Pym, an entity incapable of coveting the secrets discovered in the scientist’s research, Ultron would have the run of the labs while his creator busies himself with perfecting shrinking gases, brainwave broadcasting helmets, and of course his second robot, Vision. And the third one, Wonder Man. That Pym! He just don’t know when to stop! Meanwhile Ultron has taken his cues from Tony Stark when he was held by the Ten Rings and begun to weaponize himself with whatever he can find at hand. Satisfied with his weaponry and certain of the superiority of robots over humanity, this one-unit Skynet blasts his way out of the labs and off to infamy as one of the Avengers’ most deadly foes.
Who Wants To Be a Super-Hero?
With that secondary capacity in mind it would further require no great leap of logic to imagine one of Project Pegasus would have a mandate to develop technologies that would siphon off, negate, or otherwise quell the various super powers that are becoming all too commonplace. Such research would inevitably lead to a decision being made to use the secret facilities as an ideal location for incarcerating appropriate villains where the technology to hold them was developed. In this way Project Pegasus would become a lasting and important part of the movie universe.
Ant-Man – An odd choice I know, but bear with me here. Henry “Hank” Pym was, in the Marvel Universe, something akin to the Professor from Gilligan’s Island. He seemed to be an expert in everything. How else does one explain his combined work as engineer, chemist, physicist, and entomologist in creating his initial heroic alter ego? Not to mention his microbiological and cybernetic skills when it came to grafting workable artificial wings to his wife’s back so she could become the Wasp. Then of course there is the aforementioned expertise in robotics. This scientific Jack of all trades would seem more realistic if he was just the head of a S.H.I.E.L.D. team analyzing the technologies of the Chitauri. Should they ever attempt to invade Earth again, a good line of defense would be necessary after all.
The alien technology at his disposal would not undermine his inherent genius but rather give it a new direction. The genesis of Ant-Man would work something like this on screen: Pym discovers a gas that can alternately shrink or grow someone. It is a perfect tool for his work in analyzing the captured technology in a minute form. While toying with the communications and power reception technology of the Chitauri battle armor he accidentally stumbles on a frequency that attracts and controls ants. Seeing a benefit to the Avengers team, Pym develops a helmet that will allow him to communicate with and control colonies of ants and, coupled with a supply of his shrinking gas, goes out in the field to prove himself. Probably much to Nick Fury’s chagrin, but then Fury would have to admire someone who takes charge and makes his own decisions even if they are not in line with those of his superiors.
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