As the Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to shake up its roster of heroes in the aftermath of Avengers 4, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admits he isn't worrying yet about replacing the franchise's key players.
Since Iron Man kick-started the MCU in 2008, stars like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have helped to lead the series to box office greatness. Even with doubts hanging over who's willing to play their part as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes after the events of Avengers 4, Feige isn't concerned with planning for departing characters.
In an interview with The Costco Connection, Feige admitted the longevity of the heroes on the pages of Marvel comics means he isn't thinking about when his A-list actors reach the end of their contracts. "I have no doubt that all of our actors, who are in peak physical shape, have got another 50 years in them to be heroes," he said.
With the studio still wrapping up Phase Three, Feige added, "Thankfully I don't have to really think about it yet. 'Cause we're still finishing what we started here with Avengers: Infinity War."
When the situation does arise, Feige confirmed he'll turn to the comics for inspiration. "That's why these characters are so relevant. I talk about 10 years of movies, but it's 50-plus years of comics," he said. "And they're just as relevant and popular. And that's because they do get updated. They do change with the times."
Fans will know that the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America have undergone several transitions over the years and haven't just been limited to being the alter egos of Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers.
While Chris Evans maintains he is done with playing Captain America after Avengers 4, Hemsworth has said he would love to continue playing Thor and Robert Downey Jr. has remained relatively tight-lipped about his Iron Man future.
The franchise is at a crossroads, as Feige promises a more diverse slate of movies and surprising characters in Phase Four with Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as the new face of the MCU.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Evangeline Lilly, and Josh Brolin. The film is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.