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All the heroes of the MCU have been exceptionally well-cast, but you can’t deny that the biggest stroke of genius in the franchise was hiring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. It was a perfect marriage of actor and character and the success of the star in the part ensured that the franchise cleared that first hurdle and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Much like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, then, it’s unthinkable to imagine anyone else as Tony Stark.

Thankfully, it sounds like fans won’t have to worry about RDJ leaving the part anytime soon. Though many expected the actor to bow out after his next two appearances – those being Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4 – co-director Joe Russo told The Hindu Times this week that Downey Jr. hasn’t mentioned anything to him about departing just yet.

Of course, he could be lying to hide the fact that Iron Man will indeed die in one of those aforementioned movies, but either way, here’s what the filmmaker said:

“There is nobody who can take over Iron Man from Robert,” Russo said. “I don’t think the audience would accept that. He never mentioned [anything] to us about leaving Iron Man, but it will happen at some point of time.”

While this will probably come as welcome news to most, some would actually argue that it’s the perfect time for Tony Stark to meet his maker. After all, when you sit down and take stock of it all, Iron Man has been the centerpiece of this universe and we’ve seen him as the heart and soul of everything. He’s fought all his villains (and friends too), resolved all his inner conflicts and demons, and embarked on several adventures with the Avengers. So really, what more is there for him to do now?

By walking towards the light (or getting squashed by Thanos’ gigantic hands), his arc will end in sacrifice. As one of the biggest narcissists in the MCU, there’s no better way for him to redeem himself and prove he’s more than his façade than through a heroic death. Of course, his teammates (and the audience) will cry once it happens, but it’ll only solidify his legend even more.

On the other hand, it could also be argued that there’s value in keeping the character around for a bit longer just in a smaller capacity. We’re pretty sure that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ line-up is going to look very different by the end of Avengers 4, so it’s likely that Tony won’t continue to lead the team. Perhaps Iron Man will appear exclusively in supporting roles like in Spider-Man: Homecoming in future, then?

If we had to guess, we’d say that RDJ is certainly on his way out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Maybe not in Avengers: Infinity War, but we’ll almost surely be waving goodbye to him after its currently untitled sequel. And if that’s the case, let’s just hope Marvel sends the iconic hero off properly, ensuring that his legacy will be felt long after he’s gone.



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2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved to be a major turning point for the MCU. Not only did it move the title character into a more mature direction, but it also introduced Anthony and Joe Russo to the franchise. Four years later and the directing duo are now among Marvel’s top filmmakers, with their first Avengers movie, Infinity War, arriving this month.

While promoting the upcoming release, Joe Russo said that, as well as continuing the ongoing MCU storyline, their work represents a very “personal journey” for them as storytellers. Once fans have seen all four – Winter Soldier, Civil War and their two Avengers films – Russo believes that their Marvel productions will demonstrate their point of view as filmmakers. He also teased that the story which began in Winter Soldier will end in Avengers 4:

“For us, this was the challenge of telling the story but also completing the personal journey that we started as storytellers in Winter Soldier. So the story that began in Winter Soldier and that ends in Avengers 4 is a, there’s a very personal arc there for us. I think you’ll understand our point of view as filmmakers and who we are as people when you watch all four of those movies together.”

Reflecting on Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo chipped in to talk about how the movie’s success was a big surprise to him and his brother. They just approached it with the aim to treat the lead character that they loved so much with respect and the confidence to put their own spin on things.

“Yes, that was a revelation for us, to be honest with you, because we didn’t know going into Winter Soldier. We knew why we wanted to make the movie. We knew what we loved about the character. We knew where we wanted to take it and what we wanted to do with that movie. But we didn’t know how anybody else in the world would respond. So, having the movie received like that was a validation for Joe and me that we should just stick with our instincts and our passion for the material and run with that. And hopefully, that’s what’s going to translate to audiences.”

As much as their Marvel movies have gotten bigger and bigger as time has gone by, you can still see a similar tone and style in both Winter Soldier and Civil War – both utilize more of an urban thriller sensibility that helps ground the superhero craziness and keep it rooted in the characters. Hopefully, Avengers: Infinity War, even with all its cosmic elements, will do something similar.



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“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.”

That’s Kevin Feige there, teasing the profound sea change that will occur within the MCU come 2019. Because after Infinity WarAnt-Man and the Wasp and the long-awaited Captain Marvel movie, Marvel’s lucrative franchise will seemingly be flipped upside-down by the release of Avengers 4.

Story details are still being kept under lock and key, of course, but with rumors of time travel already doing the rounds – Thanos will be in possession of a full-fledged Infinity Gauntlet, after all – it’s abundantly clear that the MCU will never be the same once the Russo Brothers deliver their second and final Avengers sequel. After all, the pic is set to be even bigger than Infinity War. Or at least, that’s according to Elizabeth Olsen.

Speaking to The Toronto Sun, along with Karen Gillan, the two actresses teased what’s in store for us, saying:

“It’s all leading up to that fourth one,” Gillan promised. “That’s the big finale, so I think of [these] as a cinematic event rather than a movie.”

“The fourth movie will be the biggest thing ever,” Olsen added. “It’s pretty big.”

To be honest, it’s pretty hard to imagine Avengers 4 being bigger than its predecessor, as everything we know so far about Infinity War points to it being the biggest blockbuster, ever. But if there’s any film that can top it, it’s its sequel. Not only that, but the pic will probably hold more significance in the MCU, too, as it’ll signal the beginning of the end of this current era.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Avengers 4 is expected to kill off a number of big-name characters come 2019. Drax the Destroyer has already been linked with an early exit, while there are also expiring contracts to take into consideration.

Those stars seemingly approaching the end of their tether include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, though the latter has since expressed an interest in hanging around the MCU long after Avengers 4. Perhaps that’ll pave the way for a fourth Thor movie? Taika Waititi certainly has a few ideas kicking around.

Either way, in the space of roughly 12 short months, Marvel will deliver a one-two punch of epic proportions, as Infinity War is all set to bring the hype on April 27th, before its sequel – a sequel known only as Avengers 4…for now – tends to unfinished business on May 3rd of 2019. And after that? Well, let’s just say the MCU will never be the same again.



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Avengers 4, Entertainment, movies, News

There was so much awesomeness in Black Panther that it’s difficult to keep track. But one element that stood out as particularly excellent was T’Challa’s sister, Wakanda’s Princess and genius level scientist Shuri, as played by Letitia Wright.

She was funny, she was smart, she was cool and she kicked ass with her strike gauntlets in the final battle. And with Marvel Studios reportedly set to make big changes following Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, it seems like a no-brainer to increase her presence across the MCU.

How exactly she’ll factor into Joe and Anthony Russo’s event movie currently remains a mystery, but we already know that she’ll be meeting up with many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and we can’t wait to see her interacting with them. But one character that she seemingly won’t cross paths with is Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

Speaking to EW recently, the actor was asked what Peter Parker would think of Wakanda – implying that he doesn’t make it there in the film. In response, he said the young hero would love it, while also mentioning that he’d like to see Spidey and Shuri meet up.

I think Peter would love it. There’s some great moments in the comics where Peter ends up there. And Letitia [who plays Shuri] and I have become really good friends over the last year and a bit. It would be brilliant to have our characters meet up, it would be so funny. She’s brilliant in the movie, she’s actually my favorite part of Black

It probably goes without saying, but this particular duo would be a ton of fun to watch, as the two teenage geniuses comparing notes is something any fan would love to see. As for whether they’ll eventually meet up, that we don’t know, but we imagine Marvel knows how natural this pairing would be and is already planning a way to get them in the same room at some point.

Either way, we’ll soon get the chance to spend more time with Letita Wright’s breakout character in Avengers: Infinity War. The recently released stills show her meeting Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner – presumably prior to the big Wakandan showdown we’ve seen in the trailers – and we’re hopeful that the already superhero-stuffed film has enough room to give her the screentime she deserves.



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Avengers 4, Avengers: Infinity War, Entertainment, movies, News

As we inch closer and closer to the release of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s becoming more and more clear just how absolutely massive it’s going to be. Acting as the culmination of the past 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which consists of 18 movies, for those keeping track – it’s got a lot to juggle, with nearly every MCU character finding themselves involved in some way and tons of loose, dangling plot threads to tie up.

Of course, it won’t have to shoulder that burden alone, as the currently untitled Avengers 4 will pick up wherever Infinity War leaves off. But between the two of them, we’ll finally get a conclusion to a decade’s worth of storylines and character arcs, and if you think a few things might be overlooked or ignored, then think again.

Speaking in a special feature on the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray, producer Kevin Feige assured fans that every MCU plot will find a “narrative thread” either in Infinity War or its sequel.

“Every story that Marvel has told since Iron Man 1 finds a narrative thread in these next two Avengers movies. It is a culmination of all that storytelling.”

Continuing on, he stressed that every “little thread and tease” will be paid off here.

“With Infinity War, we’re paying off every little thread and every little tease that we’ve had in what will be 18 films prior to Infinity War. There’s never been anything like this. Being able to, film after film, tease at a larger story. Really building these stories up into a giant conclusion. While at the same time introducing an entirely new direction for the future.”

That’s definitely exciting to hear, and in just a few short months, we’ll get to find out for ourselves what all the fuss is about, as Avengers: Infinity War crashes into theaters on May 4th. And with Avengers 4 right around the corner, too, it’s fair to say that the MCU is about to undergo a significant shake-up.



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Barring some unforeseen hiccup, Avengers: Infinity War is about to become a global box office phenomenon.

It is, after all, building on a super-powered legacy stretching all the way back to 2008, when Jon Favreau and the fresh-faced Robert Downey Jr. defied all odds and transformed Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) into a household name. A full ten years have passed since that historic feat, and in that time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ballooned into an industry of its own, replete with A-list stars, a seasoned architect in Kevin Feige and many, many characters.

Yes, if there’s one element of Infinity War that continues to fuel debate online, it’s who exactly we can expect to see in the film. At this point, it really does sound like everyone who’s still breathing in the MCU will be involved, though if there’s one person that we can definitely count out, it’s Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne. That’s because the actress is skipping Infinity War, though she will be in Avengers 4. Lilly confirmed as much earlier this week, telling her fans that while she does have a role in the pic, it’s not a major one.

“I will appear in Avengers 4,” Lilly replied. “Not very much, so don’t get your hopes up. Not going to be a ton. But I’m in there! And I’m proud to be in there, and I’m stoked to be in there.”

Continuing on, she spoke about her experience on set, saying:

“I had so much fun on the Avengers 4 film set because they made it like a party. It was right around Christmas time and it was just like they had this tent set up with Christmas carols, with Christmas lights, and music, so every time we would be on set or walk off the set we’d walk into this really festive environment and I was surrounded by all these rock stars who are super cool people in real life and we all got to know each other. Robert Downey Jr. would have us to his tent for lunch and we’d all sit down and have lunch together.”

Finally, Lilly noted that working on Avengers 4 was the “polar opposite” of most other big productions, and here’s why:

“It ended up being what I think a lot of fans think a lot of fans imagine its like on a film set with a bunch of film stars, which usually it isn’t. Usually film stars all go to their own trailers and disappear and don’t talk to one another and they get on the phone with their wife or their husband or their agent or their the CEO of a company that they’re running and they’ve got something to do during their lunch hour, and sometimes it can be a really lonely place to be, on a film set. But Avengers was the polar opposite of that. It was this community, and it was fun, and people were really warm and kind.”

Though fans may be a bit upset that they won’t get to see much of Hope in the film, it’s still good to hear that she’s definitely involved and we can at least look forward to Lilly taking the spotlight in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, which crawls into theaters on July 6th. Avengers 4, meanwhile, will be with us on May 3rd, 2019.



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After directing Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: Civil WarAvengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4, you couldn’t blame Joe and Anthony Russo for wanting a break from all things superheroes and spandex. Those are four gigantic productions that have no doubt taken a tremendous amount of effort and work to piece together, and one imagines that the Russos might be burnt out on the genre at this point. But apparently, that’s not the case.

In fact, not only are they not tired of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, but they’re also interested in working with the House of Ideas on future projects post-Avengers 4. Speaking on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast – which has yielded tons of interesting tidbits today – Anthony expressed his desire to stay on board the franchise, saying “we would certainly be open to working with them [again].”

That being said, he made clear that no talks have taken place yet regarding future endeavours, stating:

“We haven’t talked about doing anything beyond these two movies simply because we still have a mountain to climb with these next two films.”

Going one step further, he then explained why their experience with the studio has been such a positive one.

“Our relationship with Marvel has been one of the strongest creative relationships we’ve had in our careers. We’re really proud of the movies we’ve been able to make with them and we’ve had an amazing time doing it.

So, can we expect the Russos to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers 4? And if so, which film could they turn their attention to? Those are questions that obviously can’t be answered right now, but we wouldn’t rule it out. If they do direct something else for the studio, though, we don’t imagine it’d be anytime soon.

After all, they’ll surely need a break first and will no doubt want to focus on other projects that have probably been pushed to the side over the past few years, due to the massive commitment they’ve had to Marvel. Still, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see them perhaps return for Phase 4 and given how successful they’ve been with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes so far, we can only hope that that turns out to be the case.



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“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.”

That’s Kevin Feige there, teasing the profound sea change that will occur within the MCU come 2019. Because after Black Panther, Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and the long-awaited Captain Marvel movie, Marvel’s lucrative franchise will seemingly be flipped upside-down by the release of Avengers 4.

Story details are still being kept under lock and key, of course, but with rumors of time travel already doing the rounds – Thanos will be in possession of a full-fledged Infinity Gauntlet, after all – it’s abundantly clear that the MCU will never be the same once the Russo Brothers deliver their second and final Avengers sequel.

And that’s something Chris Hemsworth addressed while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live (via ComicBook.com), where the Thor actor teased the end of an era:

Yeah we shot most of last year in Atlanta back to back and it was a long long shoot. The first time I stop looking at the green tennis ball that represents the Hulk. The last couple of months it just felt like you wanted to get to the end and all of us were like ‘how many more days are left, how many more days’, and this last week I was sitting there and as they wrapped me all of a sudden it kind of hit me like ‘oh wait a second. I didn’t soak this up enough. I didn’t kind of make the most of it, I didn’t say goodbye to everyone or whatever because we’ve been doing this for seven years or something now and it’s been a pleasure.

Barring some unforeseen change of heart, Hemsworth will likely hang around after Avengers 4 sees a release in 2019. Besides, he’s already brainstorming ideas for a fourth Thor movie, so we’re crossing our fingers in the hope that the Phase One Avenger renews and/or extends that contract sooner rather than later.

With Thor: Ragnarok now in his rear-view mirror – look for the cosmic threequel to stage its home video release in March – Chris Hemsworth is quietly gearing up for the back-to-back release of Infinity War and Avengers 4. There are only 12 short months separating each big-name blockbuster, so when all is said and done, moviegoers will seemingly be left staring down the face of a radically altered MCU.



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One thing that Marvel Studios have excelled at throughout most of their films has been incorporating the rich amount of supporting characters that complement each of their heroes.

To date, we’ve seen folks like Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan and General “Thunderbolt” Ross play important roles in a variety of movies. And with Avengers: Infinity War‘s release looming, we can probably expect to see even more familiar faces resurface. Though odds are that much of the focus will be placed on the titular heroes themselves, and understandably so.

One character in particular that originated in the source material whom is yet to get her due is Sharon Carter (played by Emily VanCamp). First introduced on screen in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she’s proven to be a keen ally to Steve Rogers and, while a few sparks have flown between them in the time since, she still hasn’t quite achieved the importance of her comic book counterpart.

Now, with Infinity War quickly approaching, fans are beginning to wonder if Carter might pop up for a scene or two. During a panel at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, VanCamp spoke on that very matter and unfortunately, said that she’s still unsure if she’ll be back for more.

Emily VanCamp On If Sharon Carter Will Return To The MCU

Still, her appearing in Infinity War or its currently untitled sequel shouldn’t be ruled out completely, as she had this to add: “Marvel can call at any minute.” That follows on from what the actress said last year, when she essentially told journalists the same thing:

“I have no idea. With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don’t know what’s going on with their movies because they’re very secretive.”

Like we mentioned above, the relationship shared between Sharon and Steve isn’t quite as storied on film as it was in the comics, but we do hope to see her return in a future MCU movie, especially if Chris Evans is indeed on his way out.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theatres on May 4, 2018.



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There are many constants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one thing that certainly won’t ever stand still is Black Widow’s endless experiments in haircuts.

From the weird bouncy doll hair in her Iron Man 2 debut, to the wavy red barnet of Age of Ultron to the Farrah Fawcett 70s spy chic of Civil War, she’s always sporting a new look. Perhaps the most dramatic, however, is to come this May, when she ditches red for blonde in Avengers: Infinity War.

Her hair is so noticeable in fact that, when we saw the Instagram photos from the Avengers 4 set below, we realized very quickly that something was off. Posted by Black Widow stuntwoman (and owner of a super cool name) Heidi Moneymaker, the outfit and hairdo is taken straight from the Lagos-set opening of Captain America: Civil War.

So, what gives? This apparent recreation might fit in alongside reports of the Russo brothers creating other key moments from the last decade of the MCU for Avengers 4, with the most notable being a quick reshoot of the team during the Battle of New York. My bet is that something so cataclysmic is going to happen at the conclusion of the Thanos storyline that we can kiss the old MCU (along with several major heroes) goodbye.

After all, what better way to really kick the audience in the feels than to give us a guided tour through the most memorable moments of the decade? And what better way to do that than to show us them from a fresh perspective rather than ‘just’ a montage?

Either way, I’m a big fan of whenever films begin delving into their own past (hello Back to the Future Part II), so I can’t wait to see how those recreated flashbacks slot into Avengers 4. That’s going to be a little way off yet though, with the pic not scheduled for release until spring 2019. Thankfully, Avengers: Infinity War is rapidly approaching – May 4th is the date for your diaries – and will surely give us the high octane superhero fix we’re all craving.



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