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Five things we’d like to see in Marvel movies after “The Avengers”

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Now that “The Avengers” is a bona fide hit for Marvel Studios, the next question naturally becomes, “What’s next?”

We already know that “Iron Man 3” will be the next installment of Marvel’s rapidly growing cinematic universe, but along with sequels for “Captain America” and “Thor,” there are a few more elements I’d like to see added to the Marvel movie canon.

In no particular order, here are the top five things I’d like to see in Marvel’s cinematic future:

1. A new Hulk solo movie

After two mediocre films featuring Marvel’s green goliath in the space of five years, no one expected that he’d be the character we’d want to see more of after “The Avengers” — but that’s the case. Whether the credit goes to “Avengers” co-writers Joss Whedon and Zak Penn or Mark Ruffalo’s take on Bruce Banner, the end result is that the latest version of Hulk is the best we’ve seen on the big screen so far. Not only did we get some character development from both Banner and his monstrous alter ego, but “The Avengers” managed to expertly blend brutal action and clever humor whenever the character smashed his way into a scene.

I have a feeling I’m not alone in wanting to see more of this particular take on Hulk, so here’s hoping we get it in the near future.

2. The original Avengers, assembled

I loved the modern-day spin on how the Avengers came together, but the absence of some of the team’s best-known members in the comics world — including some of the team’s founders — was felt acutely by fans of the team’s comic-book counterpart. Over the course of the next few films and into “The Avengers” sequel, I’d love to see some of the other major players in Avengers canon be introduced to the cinematic universe, like Hank “Ant-Man” Pym (who’s likely to be introduced in Edgar Wright’s upcoming “Ant-Man” movie), Janet “Wasp” Van Dyne, and even some of the later members, like Vision.

3. Welcome to Avengers Mansion

The notion of a mansion in Manhattan where all the Avengers hang out might be a little quaint in the modern era, but there’s something to be said for what we learn about the team’s members when they not only save the world together, but live together, too. One of the most interesting parts of growing up with Avengers comics was seeing how the team lived, loved, and fought like housemates are prone to do when they were living in the confines of Avengers Mansion, and there was nothing more humanizing than to see these superheroes eating breakfast together (or shawarma) or playing a board game in their down time.

While we don’t need to see the classic Avengers Mansion make the transition to the big screen, it would be nice to see some element that gives us that human, personal side of these larger-than-life heroes.

4. A team is only as strong as its enemies

Sure, we’ve seen two big Marvel villains make the jump from page to screen with Loki and Red Skull, but what about some of the other, more frequent foes the team has faced in the Avengers comics? First and foremost on the list would likely be Ultron, the killer android created by founding member (in the comics, at least) Hank Pym. Ultron’s introduction could easily be paired with the arrival of Hank Pym in the Marvel movie-verse, with the latter introduced in the upcoming “Ant-Man” movie — possibly while working on a secret invention that will end up becoming Ultron.

If Marvel wants to go for broke, bring in fan-favorite villains like the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror or my personal favorite, M.O.D.O.K. We’ve already seen Arnim Zola (played by Toby Jones) in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” so it shouldn’t be too difficult to bring that character into the fold, either. Of course, the post-credits scene hints at a villain from the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, but that doesn’t mean any of the aforementioned bad guys are entirely off the table. After all, anything is possible in comics… and comic book movies.

5. Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

We’re six movies into Marvel’s cinematic universe, and we still don’t know all that much about Nick Fury, the head honcho of S.H.I.E.L.D. Given the character’s rich history in Marvel’s comics, it would be nice to see some of that back story emerge in Marvel’s live-action world, too. Sure, the Sam Jackson version of Nick Fury is significantly different than the original, cigar-chomping version of the character, but that doesn’t mean there are any fewer stories to tell. If the studio mines some of the old, noir-style spy stories from the character’s past and gives us a look at Nick Fury’s early years with S.H.I.E.L.D., we’ll have yet another character to cheer for the next time the Avengers assemble on the big screen.

What would you like to see in the next round of Marvel movies? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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