One of my friends say that he was waiting for the Bollywood
version of Disney’s Live Action “Aladdin,” and it’s a brilliant idea. After
all, isn’t that where movies in the cinema should be headed? By filming
different versions of the film with the same actors and changing parts of the
film to elicit greater responses in different cultures, movie companies could
reap millions of more dollars. And the Disney Company has already set the
precedent with Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Steve Rogers has a list of things he needs to learn about,
and it was different depending on where the film was viewed. Of course, it didn’t
remain a secret, and fans posted the lists online, which garnered more free
publicity for the film. Did it lead to more views? Who knows, but it certainly
showed that film companies could alter movies based on different audience expectations.
So, a Bollywood Disney’s “Aladdin” doesn’t have to be a cheap imitation. The film already showed that its actors could dance, and it had random musical numbers inserted into it. All that would’ve had to happen is for the script to be adapted to Bollywood styles, and Disney has the assets in India to do that. Sure, Disney missed out on pioneering in the movie world this time. Maybe, they’ll do better next time.
With Captain America handing his shield to Falcon, one of Marvel’s
next heroes has already been chosen. The question remains: Who is Tony Stark’s
successor? Iron Man is too hot a property to leave languishing because of a
simple death. Here are the top prospects for Marvel’s next Iron Man.
Spider-Man: The trailers for “Spider-Man: Far from Home”
make it seem like the world is looking for a new Iron Man. Peter Parker felt
like Stark was his mentor, and his sense of duty requires that he try to take
up the mantle. Parker invented his web shooters, so he has the engineering
acumen to take up the Stark suit improvement mentality. He also has a suit made
by Stark that he can improve upon and reverse engineer, and his relationship
with Happy would probably give him access to the resources of Stark Industries –
resources his aunt can’t provide.
But making Spider-Man the next Iron Man removes Spider-Man
from the movie scene. It might work for a couple of movies, but ultimately, it
hamstrings the opportunity to make more money from two popular franchises.
Since Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man, Peter Parker is probably not going to
be the next Iron Man. The world may need a new Iron Man, but it won’t be Peter
Parker unless the MCU wants to introduce a live action Miles Morales.
War Machine or Iron Patriot: James Rhodes is the first one on
the scene of Tony Stark’s death. He has an Iron Man inspired suit with more
weapons. Marvel has already proven that it can take second rate properties and
turn them into blockbusters, and Don Cheadle is no chump actor. He could carry
a movie. The only things standing in his way are resources and the ability to
engineer new suits. Rhodes has yet to show his genius side.
Pepper Potts: “We’re going to be okay. You can rest now.”
Pepper Potts to Tony Stark, “Avengers: Endgame.” This statement could be Pepper
taking the mantle from Tony. The “we” she is referring to could be her and her
daughter, or it could be the planet Earth. Pepper may be signaling to Tony that
she is ready to take on the responsibility of the suit. She has a different
demeanor than Tony, but she is adept at managing resources and has the
financial wherewithal to keep improving her Iron Man suit.
Morgan Stark: Sure, Morgan’s only five in “Avengers: Endgame,”
but she could don the suit in as early as nine years (She’s already shown a penchant
for wearing the suit parts). She’d be 14, which is still young, but if she has
inherited the Stark genius and the Stark determination, there’d be nothing that
could stop her. Picture Morgan teaming up with Pepper in Iron Man suits and
imagine what kind of powerful story that could be. It would also give people
time enough to heal from the death of her father while she isn’t healed
herself. Who would she take revenge against?
Harley, the boy from Iron Man 3: At the end of Iron Man 3,
Harley has a dream workshop and a Potato Gun Mark 2. There’s every indication
that Stark kept in touch with his protégé, and Harley is at the funeral. Harley
would likely have the Stark resources, like Peter would, and he has proven he
can build things. If he’s worked hard at it, he may be able to invent and
modify with the best of them.
Robert Downey Jr. from another universe: The multi-verse has
been revealed. Any hero can come back at any time, and they can come back differently.
Iron Man could return exactly as he was, but what if in his universe, he lost
Pepper and Morgan? How would that make him different? What if the next Iron Man
pits Pepper and Morgan against a Tony Stark bent on taking them to another universe?
Would they go or would he kidnap them?
Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man seems to be to popular to leave dead, but Marvel will achieve the most integrity if they don’t bring him back. Except this is a comics universe: No one ever truly dies. Tell us who you think will be the next Iron Man in the comments.
Spider-Man went to space. That’s far from home. Going to
Europe, while a nice diversion and, in Earthly dimensions, far from New York,
it just can’t be considered that far from home for Peter Parker. It’s Europe,
and he’s coming from the East Coast. But that’s just part of the story.
In the spoiler trailer released after “Avengers: Endgame,” the
multi-verse is unveiled, and Nick Fury recruits Spider-Man to join forces with
Mysterio against the monsters from Mysterio’s Earth. Fury tells Peter “We have
a job to do, and you’re coming with us.” If Peter, Fury and Maria Hill are
headed into the multi-verse, Spider-Man will be far from home. And it’ll be farther
than anyone else on our Earth has ever been.
Kevin Feige has said that “Spider-Man: Far From Home” ends the MCU’s third phase. With its reveal of a multi-verse and Avengers’ time machine that could also serve as a fountain of youth if they run time through a person rather than the person through time, no character is safely dead, and many could return with different personalities and different motivations. Imagine the Captain America story where he is actually a Hydra agent… It’s out there in the multi-verse and could bring Chris Evans back.
For now, we just have to believe that the “Spider-Man: Far from Home” trailer is as misleading and spoiler-free as every other Marvel movie trailer. We also know that Peter Parker is going to have to live up to the mantle he feels has been passed to him (as well as some serious peer pressure from Nick Fury).