We could listen to Joss Whedon talk about Marvel continuity all day. While next year brings us into Phase 3, and we look to Whedon for all things Avengers, he hints at how Age of Ultron will affect Cap’s emotional state at the end of Winter Soldier. And what’s that about Guardians of the Galaxy?
Talking to Nerd HQ, Whedon made it sound like Marvel head Kevin Feige keeps him involved on a need-to-know basis:
Kevin has a big plan and every now and then, he’ll tell me part of it if he thinks it’s going to affect what I’m doing or if he thinks what I’m doing is going to affect his. But as much as possible, I try to live in my own bubble. Guardians is very much its own thing. They’re not the Guardians of this galaxy; it’s a different one. So, I can sort of keep them at arm’s length, long enough to do my thing, and then I’m sure everything is going to get mixed together because it’s Marvel.
Feige has teased that there could be an eventual Avengers/Guardians crossover, even with just a few characters from each team, due to them existing in the same universe. But Whedon’s words have us thinking that might not happen for a while, if the Avengers are set to fight Ultron in an entirely different (and probably less colorful) galaxy than the Guardians’ inaugural adventure. Thanos may be able to hop galaxies easily, but it seems like it’ll be a while before any superheroes follow suit.
But let’s also talk about the actual points of intersection, especially with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Steve Rogers. We know that Cap will likely spend the time between Winter Soldier and Captain America 3 trying to track down Bucky Barnes, but that won’t be a major plot point of the Avengers sequel:
The fact is, Ultron is a clear and present danger, and Bucky’s in the wind. We do mention the fact that that’s his sort of primary thing, but he’s also working with the Avengers, too. We’re not ignoring it, but he definitely has to deal with a mad, 8-foot robot, because that’s one of those things that you put it off and it just gets worse.
There is that to consider.