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With the future of the MCU still unknown following the events of Infinity War, many are wondering what Kevin Feige and co. could throw at audiences between now and Avengers 4.
Whilst we know that certain characters are sticking around – Spider-Man, Black Panther, Bucky Barnes – and that others will be joining them – Captain Marvel – there are just as many that are leaving us before the fourth Avengers movie’s credits roll.
MCU veterans such as Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth are all likely to leave the franchise at the conclusion of Avengers 4.
And knowing that a large portion of the franchise’s leading stars will no longer be involved within a few short years, you’d imagine it must be a bit of a worry for Marvel.
However, as it turns out, Marvel President Kevin Feige is not massively concerned with the stars’ imminent departures.
Speaking to The Costco Connection, Feige revealed how the longevity of the superheroes on the pages of comic books has directly impacted his stance on the actor’s big-screen portrayals.
“I have no doubt that all of our actors, who are in peak physical shape, have got another 50 years in them to be heroes.
Thankfully I don’t have to really think about [actors leaving] yet. ‘Cause we’re still finishing what we started here with Avengers: Infinity War.”
And, when the inevitable does occur, Feige knows exactly how he’ll implement the changes.
“That’s why these characters are so relevant. I talk about 10 years of movies, but it’s 50-plus years of comics. And they’re just as relevant and popular. And that’s because they do get updated. They do change with the times.”
Looking at the comic books, the likes of the Hulk, Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow have all seen changes over the years, with changes to their gender, age, and race has all been changed to suit the times.
And, whilst Chris Evans maintains that he is done with playing Captain America after Avengers 4, Chris Hemsworth has said how he’d love to continue playing Thor if he could, and Robert Downey Jr has remained schtum about his future as Iron-Man.
Now, of course, the franchise is at an interesting point, as Feige has promised that a lot of surprises are on the horizon and that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will be the new face of the MCU following her introduction.
Whilst we don’t know much about the future of the MCU, we do know small pieces about Avengers 4, namely that it will see the culmination of all of the previous Marvel movies up until that point, including the fall-out of Infinity War.
To be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 will star Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron-Man, Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Falcon/Sam Wilson, Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T’Challa, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp/Hope van Dyne, Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot. The movie is scheduled for a release around the beginning of May 2019.