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Now, let’s take a look towards the future, offering up predictions for both Captain America 3 and future Avengers films.
Prediction #2: The Skeleton Crew becomes Hydra’s version of the Avengers and kills many Marvel Heroes!
Originally, I was under the impression that the Masters of Evil would be the super villain counterpart to the Avengers, but with Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker being revealed at the end of Captain America The Winter Soldier, I now believe we will see the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of The Skeleton Crew. In the comics the Skeleton Crew is the personal mercenary group of The Red Skull, however I believe they will be the group organized by Hydra to counteract The Avengers. The members of The Skeleton Crew will differ from their comic counterparts and so I will go into more detail as to who each member would be and what I believe Marvel will have in store for them.
Brock Rumlow, AKA Crossbones, debuted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where he was defeated by Captain America and left for dead, however we find out he is alive and scarred. This I believe will lead him to gaining a mask and the Crossbones Identity. He will become the villain counterpart to Captain America and will be responsible for the death of Steven Rogers! Shocking I know, but we already learned that Chris Evans will quit playing Captain America in 2017, 2 years afterAvengers: Age of Ultron is released and just after Captain America 3 is released. We are also aware that in the comics Bucky Barnes, AKA the Winter Soldier, takes over the Captain America role. So, I believe Crossbones will kill Steve Rogers and lead to Bucky taking over the Captain America role.
The second member of the Skeleton Crew will be The Red Skull himself, despite being killed off inCaptain America: The First Avenger. My belief is that Baron Heinrich Zemo will take up the mantle of The Red Skull at Von Strucker’s behest and become the patsy for Von Strucker’s plans. The Red Skull will bring the Skeleton Crew together under false pretenses, that he is the real Red Skull and the true leader of Hydra, and eventually he will be the person responsible for the killing off of a character not yet revealed, Simon Williams, AKA Wonderman. After he is revealed to be a fake Red Skull I believe he will get his face disfigured as he did in the comics and receive his comic mask in a stinger scene afterCaptain America 3.
Blackwing is a little known character and a member of the second version of The Skeleton Crew but I believe he will be an original member in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on Hydra gaining access to SHIELD’s weapons and data I believe Hydra will create their own version of the Falcon’s wings and give it to a member of STRIKE to become Blackwing. Blackwing will be the weakest link in the Skeleton Crew and the only member to not be a Nazi. I believe he will betray the Skeleton Crew and go on to become the hero Nightwing, leader of The Defenders, in future movies.
The Iron Cross was an armor wearing soldier for the Germans during WWII but not a Nazi in the comics. In the Captain America: The First Avenger video game we saw a similar character but that is probably not canon. For the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I believe a son or grandson of the character from the game, but with no mention of the suit or events from the game, will be given a suit of armor partially based off of stolen SHIELD files on the Iron Man suit as well as the Deathlok cybernetics. With Robert Downey Jr. doubting he will play Iron Man much longer I believe Iron Cross will destroy the Iron Man suit once and for all and injure Tony leading him to create a far more advanced Iron Man suit piloted by his cousin Arno Stark AKA Iron Man 2020!
The last member of The Skeleton Crew will be Victor Strange, AKA Baron Blood. It was already revealed that Doctor Strange would feature heavily into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 3. By bringing Dr. Strange’s brother in to the Skeleton Crew we will be given the reason for Dr. Strange to no longer focus solely on supernatural evils. Baron Blood will also be used to introduce vampires into the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading to an eventual Blade, Ghost Rider, and Dr. Strange team up movie. Baron Blood will be killed in his first and only movie appearance but I believe he will reveal Dracula as the source of his vampiric powers.
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