A frequent topic for people who like to speculate about Marvel's future is: When are we going to lose the original versions of the characters that started this whole thing off? And how?
After all, we know that the initial core Avengers were all signed to six-picture deals- deals that all either have, or will soon expire. This means that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth may be having their own Swan Songs as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor pretty darn soon, right?
According to Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige, they've got plans and deals in place that will keep the current cast busy for years to come!
Feige revealed as much in a chat with the Toronto Sun. They asked the producer, and architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how the studio plans on dealing with the departure of these actors. Are they going to have the characters pass the torch to other heroes- like Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) did to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man? Or are they simply going to recast Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Thor?
Here's how Feige responded:
"I think it could be either one. These characters have been around for 50-plus years, and have been relatively ageless. Sometimes there are alternate stories where the character is younger than they usually are, or older, but they usually maintain a certain age. I think most of these characters that are iconic, like (James) Bond, like Batman, like Spider-Man, like Iron Man, someday will be portrayed by different actors. The good news right now is I don’t have to think about that for a long time. We have storylines for this cast for many years to come."
That is, by far, the most optimistic and straightforward answer I've seen on this subject. In that one response he says- point blank- that Marvel is nowhere near that fork in the road where they have to decide whether or not to recast Stark and company, and that they're actually still a part of Marvel's ever-expanding future. That's a pretty huge deal.
I think we can safely assume that their appearances will start becoming fewer and farther between, but the fact that we'll still have these guys playing these heroes is very cool.
But wait! There's more.
Feige was feeling pretty chatty during his Toronto Sun interview, so I've got a few more nuggets to share with you.
On the topic of the Marvel/Netflix heroes- like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher- popping up in an MCU movie:
"I think it would be great to have them over at some point it’s just, where and when and how. Look at Spider-Man and Black Panther in Civil War. They have to be integrated very well. That takes time and planning and on the movie side, we do all that. On the television side, they’re doing their own planning and their own season layout, so finding the sweet spot where those two things can match isn’t impossible, I just think we just need to do it the right way. We wouldn’t want to have it be silly."
On why there weren't many overt connections to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Doctor Strange, aside from the mid-credit sequence:
"There’s so much with Strange and there’s so much with his origin story, with the notion of magic and sorcery, the idea of the multiverse, that’s what we wanted to focus on. It’s different from Ant-Man, who could go on a side mission and encounter the Falcon. We didn’t want to do that. The notion of a cameo out of nowhere in the middle of the movie didn’t seem to fit. Whereas Wong (one of the masters of magic) explains to Strange what they do there and putting it in the context of, ‘The Avengers handle this part of the world, we deal with this,’ was a nice way to tie it together. And then there’s the fun tag which plays into future movies."
What do you make of Feige's latest remarks regarding recasting, Netflix characters coming to the big screen, and their approach towards Doctor Strange?
SOURCE: Toronto Sun