– 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

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.