As they stepped into the theaters to watch Avengers: Infinity War, a lot of MCU fans wondered about the future of popular heroes such as Captain America, Iron-Man, and others. Since most of the major MCU stars had their contracts expired, Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up film Avengers 4, left some mighty unanswered questions related to the future. Now, it seems as if no matter what, the future is going to witness some massive changes.
Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige has stated that there are a lot of stories to be told and hinted and those stories feature characters such as Captain America, and Iron-Man, each of whom have already got their complete trilogies already.
“There are still things that are key elements to a lot of our characters in their comic incarnations that we haven’t even done yet for characters who have had three or four movies,”Feige said. “It is an amazing wealth of creative material to pull from.”
Feige is spot-on. There are almost eight decades of comic book resources to use, and Marvel Studios I unlikely to have any dearth of stories to tell, and they don’t have any plans to stop. Feige also stated that they have already started planning to as far away as 2025 for the films, but, despite the certainty about the movies, the unanswered question is about which of the stories?
This is where Feige’s remarks are highly interesting. He categorically mentions characters who have already been a part of three to four films, characters including Captain America, Iron-Man, Thor, and others. Since the stars who play these roles have expired their contracts and might not be back after Avengers 4. For example, Chris Evans has hinted that Avengers 4 might be his swansong. Although, that’s not confirmed yet, but, Feige might have teased about new facing taking over some roles.
It has repeatedly happened in the comic books. Bucky Barnes became Captain America after Steve Rogers apparently died, and Rhodes has played Iron-Man for a while, especially during the “Demon in a Bottle” narrative where Tony fell prey to alcoholism. Even Thor has been played by characters unknown to movie viewers. Jane Foster has been Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who wielded Mjolnir for a while.
No matter what trajectory the MCU takes as far as the characters after Avengers 4, but, Feige is sure about the fact that the studio is always on the lookout for stories that will entertain as well as surprise the audience.
“We make movies we believe in,” Feige said. “We make movies that we think will be entertaining to ourselves and think about ourselves as the first audience members for any movie we make. Any idea that comes up in a room: Would we be entertained by this? Would we be moved by this? Would we be surprised by this.”