Expendable – 5 Missing Pieces of The Avengers

Joss Whedon has done it again. Another great Avengers film that left everyone wanting more. Despite how much I loved it, I felt that we should take a look at a few things that were missing. I’m not saying that these things should have been in the film, just that they could have been…


The second Avengers movie, subtitled Age of Ultron, came out last week. didn’t you know that? Well, there’s a tonne of detail left out of the movie (and out of the cinematic universe in general in some cases) for lots of reasons. Below you will see 5 of the biggest missing links. Alternatively, you can just go and read Tom’s review of Age of Ultron and then you’ll know what the hell we’re talking about. Then come back.

Are you back? Ok. You can proceed…


Ant Man and Ultron

Ant-Man and Ultron – Marvel

We know Marvel’s smallest superhero will be gracing the screen later this year, but it would have been nice to see him pop up in Age of Ultron. In the comicbooks it’s Dr Hank Pym (aka Michael Douglas the first Ant-Man) who created Ultron. Creating the artificially intelligent antagonist is one of the biggest things to happen to the little guy, and just like that it’s snatched away from him and handed to the resident science bros.


Magneto and the Twins

Magneto and the Twins – Marvel

As the father of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), you’d think that the Master of Magnetism might have got a bit of a mention in Age of Ultron. Well, we would’ve thought that, but as Fox have the rights to the X-Men franchise, Magneto won’t be showing up in a Marvel Studios film anytime soon. A shame really, because a guy who can control metal would have been pretty useful against an army of murderous robots.

Betty Ross

Betty Ross in The Hulk

Liv Tyler as Betty Ross in The Hulk

I can’t help but feel bad for Betty. She wasn’t in the first Avengers movie, but now we know it’s definitely over between her and Bruce. The Hulk has found somebody else to play “hide the zucchini” with.
Betty stuck with Dr Banner through a hell of a lot; he was a nerd, wore purple trousers and had some serious anger problems. None of that mattered to her though, because she loved him. But as soon as Bruce falls in with the cool kids, he ditches her.
Maybe we’ll never know if Betty has gotten over Bruce, but it certainly look like he’s moved on. I imagine her sitting in a dark room listening to The Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t’ve) on repeat. Or, maybe she got back together with Phil from Modern Family.

Agent Coulson

Agent Phil Coulson

Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson in Avengers Assemble

Poor Coulson. His heroic death in the first Avengers really helped to bring the team together. Then he came back to life with the help of a spin-off series and a little alien biochemistry, only to miss out on an invitation to round two of saving the world. I know that the Avengers are still not aware of Phil’s recovery, so him showing up might have been a bit weird, but when does he feel would be the right time to let them know he’s alive? The longer he leaves it, the more awkward the conversation. Sooner or later he might bump into one of them in Starbucks and it’s probably best to get that surprise out of the way soon.

The Girlfriends

Jane Foster in Thor

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in Thor

Ok, they kind of explained this one. Pepper Potts is off doing business stuff, and Jane Foster is winning Nobel Prizes for stargazing. Still, with a wealth of cutting-edge technology and Asgardian travel methods available, you’d think they could have at least dropped in for a quick drink at Tony’s party.

Well, there we go. I’m not saying that the film would’ve benefited from the inclusion of these things, but thought that they were worth a mention.

Is there anything else that you thought was missing from Avengers: Age of Ultron? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page and Twitter!

Author: Sean Burns

Sean is a freelance radio producer with a background in presenting and marketing. He is unashamedly geeky and particularly enjoys waxing lyrical about all things Marvel or Star Wars related. Some people might call him a fanboy... and they’d be right to do so. Currently residing in Bournemouth, UK.

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