Is Marvel preparing audiences for the departure of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth? It certainly seems possible. With RDJ getting older, he’s openly discussed the fact that his days as Iron Man are numbered while Evans and Hemsworth are only contractually obligated to Captain America and Thor, respectively, for a couple more movies.
Badass Digest is reporting that the ever-resourceful Marvel is coming up with a strategy that will help “springboard to… something else.” That means that the upcoming Avengers movie won’t be a farewell to these characters but will introduce a new team, led by Iron Man, that will lead to a conclusion in a future film. This will allow the original Avengers team to reunite one last time before we have to accept new characters. It’s smart, of course, but it’s also sad. The current roster is so good together but if Guardians of the Galaxy proved anything it’s that Marvel can make audiences love obscure characters as much as the ones we know and love best.
Of course, this could all be a little premature since all of the actors could renegotiate their contracts but that would likely mean that they’d all get hefty bumps in their salaries (can Robert Downey Jr. actually make more money off of Iron Man???) which would increase the budget and eat into revenue. It would make sense to introduce a group of newcomers who could extend the life of the franchise while, simultaneously, asking for much smaller paychecks.
Is it just me, though, or does it seem like there’s something new about the upcoming third installment that makes it seem like the plot could be all over the place. I hope Marvel isn’t letting the success go to their head because this could either be brilliant or a true hot mess.
In the meantime, we can still just focus on the first sequel, Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron which opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.