With Avengers: Infinity War set to serve as the culmination of everything before it, it seemed like a safe bet that the film would also serve as the final outing for some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstays. After all, this is a war that has been brewing since 2012, when Thanos was first teased as part of the end credits of The Avengers, so there have to some stakes involved. Now, in a recent interview to promote Spider-Man: Homecoming Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed (via Jo Blo) that we'll see some changes in the line-up following Infinity War.
When asked whether or not Infinity War will mark the final chapter for some MCU favorites, Feige simply replied with a "yes." This shouldn't be too surprising, of course. In previous interviews, Feige has hinted at a major shift in the MCU after the fourth Avengers film, and even Captain America actor Chris Evans has confirmed his contract is up after the follow-up to Infinity War.
Still, that didn't stop the folks at Jo Blo from inquiring about a potential fourth installment in either the Captain America franchise or the Iron Man franchise. However, those hopeful that either Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. would extend their contracts yet again may be a bit disappointed as Feige has reaffirmed that their current focus is on finishing the next two Avengers films. Anything beyond those -- with the exception of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 -- has yet to be decided.
We have another two years of hard work to even finish these movies, and they [the actors] have a lot of hard work to do, so thats all we're thinking about, is completing those and delivering on the promise of those. Where it goes beyond that, we'll see.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.