Robert Downey Jr. ignited a firestorm of speculation last week when he divulged that the cast of The Avengers was being reassembled following the film’s world premiere to shoot “one more scene.” While director Joss Whedon was quick to dismiss the remark as a joke, Mark Ruffalo confirmed his co-star’s statement.
But Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige insists Downey’s comment, and the extent of the shoot, has been overblown.
“I will tell you this: It was not a scene. It was not a scene,” he told Blogomatic3000 at the film’s European premiere. “There’s little things. It’s been blown out of proportion. Which is fun, I like that things are blown out of proportion. Sometimes they’re true sometimes they’re not.”
Okay, so it’s not “a scene.” But will whatever is result in a change to the current cut of The Avengers? “There is the potential that there will be one little change,” Feige said. “People might not even notice it. It’s not a big thing.”
In a separate interview at the premiere with Hey U Guys, he was asked about the rights status of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Marvel mutants who served as early members of the Avengers, and revealed that, “It’s a little complicated, but if they [Fox, which holds the X-Men rights] want to use them in the X-Men movie they could, [but] if we want to use them in The Avengers movie, we could.”
Fiege also confirmed what was already known, that the Captain America sequel will be “primarily” set in the present day, but “potentially” with flashbacks. And he gave what’s become his pat answer about the long-gestating Ant-Man movie: “It’s as close as it’s ever been.”
Opening May 4, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.