Every time an MCU movie suffers a commercial setback, everyone assures that nothing is the same since ‘Endgame’. The feeling is spreading through networks that the only solution is to bring back the original cast of ‘The Avengers’, as if there were no better path than to resurrect Iron Man and Black Widow. But the fact is that there are times when these speculations get out of hand and begin to seem real, as has happened in recent months with respect to the idea of a reboot with Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. For all these reasons, Kevin Feige, CEO of Marvel Studios, wanted to come out and settle the issue. And no, there will be no deus ex machina.
“We are going to keep [Iron Man’s death] and not touch that moment again,” Feige explained to Vanity Fair. “We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.” As if that were not enough, Endgame director Joe Russo revealed that Robert Downey Jr. would be the least interested party. “We’d already said tearful goodbyes on the last day of shooting. Everybody had moved on emotionally. We promised him it would be the last time we made him do it—ever. That was a difficult thing for him to do, to come back to pick up that line. When he did come back, we were shooting on a stage directly opposite where he auditioned for Tony Stark. So his last line as Tony Stark was shot literally a couple hundred feet from his original audition that got him the role.”
The future of Marvel Studios will instead go on a different direction, with projects like ‘The Fantastic Four’ (for which They’ve already cast Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards) or ‘Blade’ (in which Mahershala Ali will take over from Wesley Snipes). And it’s not just Kevin Feige who is convinced of this roadmap, since at Disney they know why ‘The Marvels’ has failed and they are not willing to let it repeat itself.
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