6 steps Marvel needs to take now that 'The Avengers' is a smash hit
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Let the threat unite the heroes, not S.H.I.E.L.D
I’m about to really geek out on you guys: Thanos, the guy introduced at the end of Avengers, is known for trying to assemble something called the Infinity Gauntlet; it contains 6 gems that, once united, give the wearer mastery over pretty much everything. I’m pretty positive that that blue doohickey in Loki’s staff was the Mind Gem. Do you see where I’m going with this?
One of the gems can pop up in each of the next wave of Avenger movies! Then, when we get to the Gauntlet in the Avengers sequel, viewers who have been following along will be rewarded for their knowledge, while new viewers can be caught up with a line or two. In the previous films, S.H.I.E.L.D has been the thread that unites our heroes. Now that they have, rightly, divorced themselves from S.H.I.E.L.D, it makes perfect sense for it to be the next bad guy that ties the stories into one another.
This way we can see how Thanos is too big of a threat for each of the heroes, which will make it all the more satisfying when they have to face him in Avengers 2. Not to mention, it will cut down on people asking ‘is that the purple guy we saw five years ago? What’s that glove he’s wearing? I’m gonna go get a third ICEE. Fill me in when I get back.’