Since Marvel dropped the last Infinity War trailer, information has started coming forward about what to expect with not only Infinity War, but the still untitled Avengers 4, a future Doctor Strange film, Captain Marvel, and the possible fate of Captain America.
In 2017, a group of media members were allowed to visit the set of Infinity War and while on set it was noted that Bree Larson, the actress cast to play Captain Marvel, was on set. IGN reported a confirmation from both the directors and writers of Infinity War that Captain Marvel would be in the film. However, at last year’s San Diego Comi-Con it was announced that she wouldn’t be in the film. I think it’s safe to assume that if she has been cut from Infinity War, that she’ll certainly be making an appearance in Avengers 4 to save our favorite heroes from the Mad Titan. After all, her own standalone film will have just been released a few months prior to Avengers 4. Leaving her out would seem strange.
Another piece of information I thought was interesting is how Christopher Markus, one of the writers for Infinity War and Avengers 4 described Captain Marvel’s character.
“[Captain Marvel is] in some ways the closest to Captain America which is a weird, now rare kind of character which is sort of a person who’s right and knows they’re right and doesn’t really want to hear it when you tell them they’re wrong,” Markus said. “So, with all these flawed, f***ed up people and Quill who’s a mess and Tony who’s a massive ego all contorted. It’s fun to get another person with a clear vision in there and going, ‘Shut up.’”
I wonder why the MCU would need to introduce a character had Captain America-like traits…
Oh yeah… Well, we’ve been speculating ever since Infinity War and Avengers 4 were announced that the end of Captain America was soon to come. Well, we may have gotten the confirmation we’ve all been hoping to never hear straight from the captain himself. Recently, Evans sat down for an interview with the New York Times to discuss an upcoming play he’s in. During the interview, Evans interestingly points out that not only were Infinity War and Avengers 4 the last two movies on his contract but that he doesn’t expect to sign back on for any more projects as the MCU hero.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” Evans said during the interview. It’s also stated in the interview, which gives a really fascinating look into where the actor is in his career, that the reshoots taking place in the fall will more than likely be the last time Evans plays the character. While some may be upset that the actor would potentially be spoiling the fate of his character, I have another theory on why this was allowed to come out.
Benedict Cumberbatch, everyone’s favorite British man, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and was asked if he knew when Doctor Strange 2 would begin filming. He responded by saying, “Not at the moment, no. The masterplan is continually in flux, so it would be out of order for me to speculate.” He also said something else in the interview that I thought was interesting and I’ll get to back to that but first, his quote. Why would Cumberbatch not be aware of when Doctor Strange starts shooting UNLESS the idea is to make it so that audiences think that almost anyone in this film could be on the chopping block. Sure, it would be weird if Strange died. After all, he has a lot of story left to tell, so why the secrecy? Well, to go back to Chris Evans announcing he’s finished with Cap, why would an actor more than likely spoil the fate of his character, unless it was to trick audiences. Yes, I know, I know. I’m doing it again.
Maybe it’s because I just don’t want my favorite character from the MCU to die or maybe it’s because Marvel, the people known for putting fake scenes in their trailers just to mess with the fans, are doing it again. And to finish up on the other interesting thing that Cumberbatch said in the interview,
“Well, it’s not Marvel’s practice to hand around the whole script of any particular one of their enterprises, especially a film as big as this, and as secret as this. I kind of had to have a bit of an overview to understand what I was doing in it. Maybe I’m just a bit more stupid than the other actors involved. I just need a little bit of special care. And they were very sweet, and chained me to something immovable whilst I read it, and unchained me after I finished reading it.”
There have been a lot of rumors and a lot of set photos taken that suggest that Avengers 4 will have a lot to do with the time stone. And while Cumberbatch is being asked about Infinity War (technically Avengers 3), both movies were filmed back to back, so I can’t imagine why he would need to read the entire Avengers 3 script to understand what his character is doing since the trailers seem to make that pretty cut and dry. I know, I know, I’m doing it yet again, but I wouldn’t be shocked if when he says he’s read the script, he’s referring to both 3 and 4. Especially since both movies have already been filmed and Avengers 4 has reshoots planned in the fall. Either way, with more and more information coming out about these films, someone like myself that loves to speculate can only go crazier and crazier as I travel down this superhero rabbit hole.