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– by David Kozlowski

For a long time now fans and media have speculated that Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 would end with character deaths and other significant changes to the makeup of the MCU. Marvel has remained opaque on the subject, but that’s not going to stop folks from asking, nor will it stop us from speculating.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been traveling around the country on the Thor: Ragnarok promotional tour, taking questions and raising eyebrows regarding the aforementioned questions about the future of the MCU.

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In a discussion with Collider over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend, Feige tipped his hand somewhat when pressed about Thor’s eye injury, which was obscured in teasers and trailers leading up to the film’s release:

“Some of the commercials for this film have him not missing an eye. So you don’t know what’s going on. Like we didn’t want to spoil that in any of the footage we shot. No, we didn’t think about that. We thought about what’s fun for the character. What’s cool for the character. Not ‘Are we sullying our good-looking actor?’ He looks good in any way. In any way, shape and form.”

Will Avengers: Infinity War be the last go-round for this particular group of actors?

Fair enough, Marvel wanted to save some surprises in the film for the paid audiences. Totally understandable. But does that mean Thor is one-eyed for the duration of his remaining time in the MCU, however long or short that may be?

“I didn’t say that. I think Thor will, either way, it could happen.”

Wow, that will rank among the top-10 Feige non-answers of all-time. But then, kind of unprovoked he dropped this:

“There’ll be lots of evolutions for lots of characters over the course of the next two Avengers films.”

C’mon man, you can’t toss a grenade like that and just walk off into the sunset.

So, what does, “lots of evolutions” mean? We’ve already seen some promotional materials that show Cap with a beard, word is that Hulk and Rocket Raccoon become buddy-buddy, and the Vision-Scarlet Witch is expected to go to the next level… somehow. Those aren’t exactly ground-shaking changes.

The best place to search for clues might be in the actual Avengers and solo hero comics themselves. Over the years Cap and Iron Man have stepped away from the team and even handed off their mantles to others — and this scenario makes a lot of sense, if actors like Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. want to depart from the MCU with a big splash. We’re preparing for at least one or two major deaths to occur in these films too, which might tie into this changing of the guard.

I strongly suspect that the Avengers team will look dramatically different after these two movies. Likely the team will consist of Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Ant Man, Wasp, Hulk, Black Panther, Falcon or Winter Soldier as Cap, and a new Thor (possibly a female, as has transpired in the comics). I don’t expect Spider-Man will be a permanent Avenger, not while he’s living under Sony’s roof.

In other words, I think we’re about to see the end of Iron Man, Cap, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Vision, and Scarlet Witch as we know them today — whether they live or die is the ultimate question.

What kinds of changes and evolutions do you believe are coming to the Avengers and the MCU? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Collider

  • Victor Roa

    You nailed it on “non-answer” because you can apply this to Age of Ultron
    But, the obvious thing is just comparing Thor 1 vs today. Trying to ground him with Stark/Shield was their fear that if they went too far from grounded it would scare the audience. And through time they learned their own audience was easing into everything that they couldn’t just have a throw away line of Stephen Strange and now we got Thor’s hammer as a Cane.
    I would say first batch of marvel movies are like “not a bad way to spend a weekend afternoon” into Kirby/Dikto Black Light Posters.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f0dd07f948b908b6b03a461a2156c17f752ca8afa577e78a39d5a1c047f7917.jpg

    • Rad4Cap

      OMG – I think I had this poster

  • estacado

    They’re going to have a lady Thor after Avengers Age of Thanos.

    • suckit15694

      go back to sleep

  • TheOct8pus

    Everything seems to hint at alternate realities and timelines courtesy (most likely) of Dr. Strange

    • Interesting. I think you’re right, but man this is tricky stuff. Once you start using time-travel or magic to change timelines it risks watering-down or cheapening all of the prior storytelling. What if Peggy Carter was suddenly alive again in her 20s? What if Quicksilver was brought back? Ugh, these things can go so wrong.

      • TheOct8pus

        Agreed. Some might say it’s a copout, like the “it was all a dream” scenario at the end of a movie…

  • BonTiger

    If you really think about it, the Avengers have already had a major changing of the Guard up to this point. With Age of Ultron the film ended with the new Avengers consisting of Captain America, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine (Iron Patriot? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ ).

    So thus far we’ve seen a pretty major shake-up in the team, and up to this point that team hasn’t gotten a whole lot to do within the MCU proper aside from form out of the destruction following AOU and then split in Civil War. Looks like next shake-up with be merging everyone new and old together with even more new people and then setting the stage for the new team. MCU appears to be entirely Avengers centric, and I imagine that even if they got the rights to bring in the X-Men and Fanstastic Four that The Avengers will always be their top dog.

    • I agree, the Avengers team we saw at the end of Age of Ultron deserves a shot.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.