Marvel Studios has already broken records and lifted the bar high for the superhero genre. At the end of Infinity Wars 2 (or Avengers 4), Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed to Polygon that the 22-film arc is over.
Oh, don’t worry, it’ll begin anew with Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel, but let’s take a step back and realize Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is going through a 22-film arc. An arc of this magnitude is unheard of, and with their record-breaking box office numbers, why stop?
However, I wouldn’t be so sure familiar faces will return to the Silver Screen, as Polygon reports contracts for the following actors will be at their end once Avengers 4 completes filming.
- Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
- Chris Evans (Captain America)
- Mark Ruffalo (Hulk)
- Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
- Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
There’s a good chance these actors will walk away, as actors understandably hate being wrapped up in a franchise for many, many years. Downey Jr. hinted to an Australian news outlet that he may be hanging up his role of Tony Stark soon.
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Well, we may not get shawarma with our current cast of Avengers after Infinity Wars completes, but Marvel Studios is holding out hope with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man going forward.