Vanity Fair has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the MCU by teaming up with Marvel for an exclusive photoshoot of its biggest big screen stars, including four specially-shot covers, plus some other spreads (see below). The magazine also features an exclusive article in which MCU boss Kevin Feige certainly isn’t underselling the forthcoming Avengers 4 (which, if you’re losing count because Captain America: Civil War felt like an Avengers movie, isn’t next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, but the one after that scheduled for 2019, which doesn’t have an official title yet despite what the question setters on Only Connect think*).
“22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before – intentionally,” says Feige, who adds that Avengers 4 will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale. There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”
The article also suggests that Avengers 4 will be the swan song for some of Marvel’s big screen superheroes, partly because various contracts with various actors are coming to an end: Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) specifically. But Disney promises that Marvel has at least another 20 years’ worth of characters and worlds to explore.
“I feel a lot of joy for the next generation,” says Johansson. “It’s a bittersweet feeling, but a positive one.”
Which also, sadly, means we’re probably never going to get that Black Widow solo film that fans have been clamouring for. Ah well.
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(Awards yourself a Marvel-style no-prize if you get that reference.)