Gather around the proverbial campfire kiddos, because I’ve got one hell of a scoop to share with you.
Marvel Studios Phase 4 will lead with a New Avengers movie. Boom.
Marvel’s been busy over the past few years, releasing its massive line of gritty Phase 2 movies, as well as establishing a deluge of new superheroes for Phase 3. They’ve confirmed Doctor Strange and Ant-Man will enter the fray, with little else known. We long thought Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the rest of Marvel’s backalley vigilantes would pop up in a proper film, but we now know they’ll star in a Netflix series about the Marvel Knights.
Well, we’ve talked to our friend at Disney, and we’ve received an update on the state of Marvel Studios. She’s told us Marvel’s Phase 4 will push the New Avengers movie. Here’s what she said:
“It’s so incredibly early in the process, but unless Robert [Downey Jr.] makes an insane deal with these guys, they’re going with New Avengers.”
You’ll remember that Robert Downey Jr. renegotiated his contract with Marvel Studios after Iron Man 3 so that he’d appear in both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3, but he’s yet to commit to any more. RDJ has also stated that he’s weary of his Marvel workload. He’ll be 53 by the time Avengers 3 debuts, and as much as the silver fox loves his role as Tony Stark, he’s even admitted that he may be ‘getting too old for this shit’. Combine that with both 1) viewer fatigue and 2) RDJ’s climbing fees, and you’ve got an idea of why Marvel would want to venture into Phase 4 with new characters.
Does this “New Avengers” refer to the classic comic book arc following Avengers: Disassembled, during which Spider-Man and Wolverine joined the team? The inclusion of those two bastard children is incredibly unlikely (as both Sony and Fox own the rights, respectively), but the fundamental ideas of Avengers: Disassembled, which left Earth’s Mightiest heroes in a Diaspora until they re-assembled as the New Avengers, could easily be translated into Phase 4.
When I asked whether New Avengers referred to the comic arc or simply that there will be new people who happen to comprise The Avengers, our source said:
Well, you’ve heard the recent casting announcements. They’ve got a ton of great guys. Paul Rudd. Michael Douglas. Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Whoever they choose for Doctor Strange and the other new guys in Phase 3. They’ve got a lot of great guys to lead the new phase of the team. But that’s all I say. It’s really early.
We’ll get more specifics as they come in, but as this move for the New Avengers movie is part of a broad strategy, I’m not sure if we’ll receive any news about the smaller specifics for a while.
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