December 1, 2023

We’ve been speaking about Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’s Captain America returning to future Avengers films even earlier than the Multiverse Saga had “multiverse” within the title. We knew we have been heading in the direction of Avengers: Secret Wars even earlier than Marvel confirmed its Avengers 5 and Avengers 6 titles. As a reminder, earlier than Secret Wars, we’ll see the Avengers battle Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

Each actors have repeatedly denied returning to the MCU, given what their beloved characters went by means of in Endgame. Iron Man died on the finish of the film, and Steve Rogers retired to a unique actuality. However each actors stored a “by no means say by no means” perspective.

If a leaker’s new scoops are correct, each Iron Man and Steve Rogers’s Cap will certainly return to the MCU. Apparently, each actors have already reached agreements with Marvel. Thoughts you, some spoilers will observe beneath.

Getting the band again collectively

Your entire gist of the Multiverse Saga doesn’t want any leaks, given the roadmap forward. The Avengers will battle the Kangs of the multiverse, they usually’ll want all the assistance they will get. Consider it as one other model of Endgame, the place the nice guys recruit each attainable superhero who will help in opposition to Kang.

Because it’s a multiverse story, each Marvel character is recreation. Marvel may also lastly use the Fox universe since Disney owns it. That’s why we’re getting Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in Deadpool 3. And Logan would possibly be part of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) as soon as once more in Secret Wars. The identical goes for different beloved X-Males characters from the Fox films.

Then we’ve Sony’s Spider-Man variants, who already confirmed up in No Means House. They’ll most likely seem once more in Secret Wars.

Iconic Avengers scene from The Avengers. Picture supply: Disney

For those who’re getting your complete band collectively, you want your unique Avengers. Even in case you’re reviving the useless ones for yet another combat. By the way in which, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) additionally died in Endgame, and she or he also needs to return if Marvel brings again Iron Man and Steve Rogers.

For those who’ve watched the Loki TV present on Disney Plus, and particularly episode 5 in Loki season 2, you’ve most likely caught the Secret Wars foreshadowing. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is elevating his tiny TVA military by wanting up his mates from different realities. He does it to avoid wasting the TVA and, in flip, your complete multiverse.

Combating Kang would require an analogous, however a lot larger, name to arms. Rumors say the TVA will recruit the perfect variations of the superheroes we love for the duty. Therefore the Wolverine’s look in Deadpool 3 and Secret Wars.

The rumors

In a report a number of days in the past, Selection gave us a purported take a look at the MCU issues Disney and Marvel want to repair.

The next paragraph describes one answer the execs might need thought-about; getting the unique Avengers gang for yet another film:

With Iger publicly acknowledging the draw back of a Marvel TV glut that ‘diluted focus and a spotlight,’ the keepers of the comedian e book empire are contemplating some dramatic strikes. Sources say there have been talks to deliver again the unique gang for an Avengers film. This would come with reviving Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, each of whom have been killed off in Endgame (That shouldn’t be a stumbling block — in comedian books, beloved characters are sometimes killed off, solely to be resurrected because of the facility of issues just like the multiverse.) However the studio hasn’t but dedicated to the thought — if it have been in a position to deliver these actors again, it wouldn’t come low-cost. Sources say Downey Jr.’s upfront wage for Iron Man 3 was round $25 million.

Captain America in Avengers: Endgame
Nonetheless from Avengers: Endgame displaying Captain America (Chris Evans) through the remaining battle, most likely considering he may do that all day. Picture supply: Marvel Studios

I’ll say from the beginning that I’m not an enormous fan of that concept. I do need Iron Man, Black Widow, and Steve Rogers again for Secret Wars. However not essentially for a standalone Avengers flick that includes solely the unique six.

I additionally need the Multiverse Saga to make extra sense. And that features getting extra Avengers connections. That’s the largest MCU plot gap to date, one I preserve highlighting after every film and TV present. Marvel goes out of its technique to keep away from these hyperlinks.

We all know from Kevin Feige’s personal feedback that the Avengers don’t exist and that Captain America: Courageous New World will give us a brand new group. However Marvel wasted some 4 years of storytelling with out giving us that element with the assistance of MCU Part 4 and 5 films and TV reveals.

The larger leaks

The primary level within the report is that Marvel is contemplating bringing again the useless (or retired) characters. That was by no means a doubt in my thoughts. You don’t go for the multiverse angle with out profiting from it.

Which means getting the alternate Spider-Man, the X-Males, and Deadpool within the MCU. And, most significantly, reviving Iron Man and Black Widow for the event. As for Rogers, he isn’t useless, however Marvel must deliver us a youthful model of the character.

Perhaps Steve Rogers went on to combat Secret Wars with the Avengers of the long run after Endgame however earlier than settling down with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in an alternate actuality.

Reacting to the Selection report, well-known Marvel insider MyTimeToShineHello mentioned on Twitter that “RDJ already agreed to return again.”

Just a few days later, the identical leaker mentioned that Chris Evans additionally agreed to return again, offering extra particulars on the matter. Apparently, the actor agreed to return to Secret Wars, and all of it occurred earlier than the actors’ strike.

There’s no technique to confirm the knowledge, in fact. However given every part, it does make sense. I’ll remind you with the next Captain America remark from Chris Evans from earlier this summer season:

‘Yeah, possibly, [I’ll go back to Marvel]’ he says. ‘I’ll by no means say by no means, simply because it was such an exquisite expertise. However I’m additionally very valuable with it. It’s one thing that I’m very pleased with. And like I mentioned, generally I can’t consider it even occurred. And I wouldn’t need the black eye if it felt like a money seize or if it didn’t reside as much as expectations or if it simply felt prefer it wasn’t linked to that unique factor.’

‘So, no time quickly,’ he continued.

On the time, I mentioned that Marvel would most likely need to delay Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars due to the strikes. Subsequently, the “no time quickly” prediction would simply come true.