As Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dominates the box office, the stars of the space romp have been busy on the usual press tour that surrounds every Marvel release. And along with the questions about Guardians itself, there’s been a lot of prying about what Marvel has lined up for the future – specifically, Avengers: Infinity War, and what we can expect from the mammoth MCU cross-over.
Dave Bautista, the former wrestler who plays Drax, decided to whet fans’ appetite with a hint that there may be a few unexpected surprises up Marvel’s sleeve for the next Avengers outing. Speaking to wrestler Chris Jericho on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Bautista commented that Marvel are “adding so many characters to [Infinity War],” adding that the film will be a jumping off point for “different phases of Marvel.” He then compared how characters will be introduced to Spider-Man and Black Panther’s first appearances in Captain America: Civil War.
It’s long been speculated that some already known members of the MCU will be making their debut in Infinity War, but Bautista’s words pretty directly suggest that Marvel has a few surprise members of the roster planned for Avengers 3 and 4. As such, here’s a rundown of some obvious (and not so obvious) surprise recruits for the Avengers Initiative’s fight against Thanos and the forces of evil.
It’s almost a given that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will make an appearance in Infinity War. Her casting was announced at San Diego Comic Con last year, in good time to join the filming of Avengers 3, which began in January of this year. Danvers’ own solo film, Captain Marvel, isn’t due out until 2019, a long time to wait to introduce fans to the intergalactic superwoman when a tentpole crossover coming out in 2018 will already see the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers right in her backyard.
There’s a lot of attention on how Marvel are handling Captain Marvel, whose movie will be the first solo female superhero film in the MCU. In recent years Carol Danvers has become a key character within Marvel comics, thanks to a character-defining run by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy that began in 2012. Danvers has since been a staple of comics fandom, especially through her relationship to current Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, who idolizes her. With a solo picture on the horizon, Infinity War would be the perfect time to give movie audiences a taste of what Captain Marvel is made of before her own adventure.
The Nova Corps were introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and for some time it was thought that Richard Rider a.k.a Nova was actually Peter Quill’s father. Though this has turned out to not be the case, the Nova Corps are still out there acting as Marvel’s cosmic police force, and Richard Rider is one of their biggest connections with Earth.
Rider’s origin story is one that could make a compelling subplot – as a member of the Nova Corps elite is dying, he chooses Richard, then a regular Earth teenager, to succeed him. Suddenly granted the powers of a Nova Corps Centurion, Rider adopts the moniker of Nova and begins balancing of life of superheroism on Earth and space policing for the corps. That alone could be a bridging point between Earth’s Mightiest and their inter-planetary brethren.