Marvel News Mash-Up
VIDEO: Robert Downey Jr. Says Goodbye To The MCU
Once Avengers: Endgame had its final day of shooting, Robert Downey Jr took some time to say good bye to the cast and crew of the MCU. Endgame does indeed seem like the end of Robert Downey Jr.’s time in the MCU, but never say never.
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“Avengers: Endgame” Writers Discuss Fan Theories And More
There were many unanswered questions and speculations that many people had after seeing Avengers: Endgame. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and answered some of the most popular questions.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Perhaps the most hotly debated Endgame plot point is the fate of Captain America, who travels back in time to live out his life with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier established that Peggy had a husband and two kids, and some fans have theorized that Steve Rogers secretly was this husband all along. Others have stated that Steve created an alternate timeline when he went back to live with Peggy, and somehow got back to the mainline MCU as an old man.
Markus and McFeely accept that different people will have different viewpoints on this topic. But, in their minds, Steve was Peggy’s husband all along.
“It was always our intention that he was the father of those two children. But again, there are time travel loopholes for that,” said McFeely.
Added Markus: “It does introduce the idea that there are two children who have somewhat super soldier DNA.”
Was there really only one way to defeat Thanos?
In Infinity War, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) willingly gives up the Time Stone in order to spare Tony Stark’s life, telling him there was only future in 14 million in which the Avengers win. Fans have theorized that there were in fact multiple ways the team could have beaten Thanos, but Doctor Strange picked the one scenario in which the Infinity Stones would also be destroyed, ensuring they could not be used for evil again.
Verdict: Not true.
“The only way this works is if Tony dies. If you go back and watch Infinity War, when [Strange] says ‘one,’ Benedict … is just choked on emotion. Now that you know the end, go back and watch that moment. He means, ‘You’re going to have to die, Tony.'”
Could the Avengers have brought back Tony Stark back to life using the Infinity Gauntlet?
Endgame saw half of all life in the universe return, thanks to The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) using the Infinity Gauntlet. Couldn’t he have done the same after Tony’s death to bring him back?
“The Gauntlet, as of yet, has not brought back anybody to life that wasn’t removed by the Gauntlet. Tony was physically killed,” said Marcus.
The counterexample would be Vision (Paul Bettany), who was revived briefly in Infinity War by Thanos after Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) killed him. But the writers note Vision was brought back via the Time Stone, which saw Thanos rewind time a few moments to before Vision’s death. That’s a little different than bringing back someone who had already died.
Bottom line: If you were snapped, you can come back. If you died some other way, as far as we know, you can’t.
Could Steve Rogers wield the Infinity Gauntlet?
Only Thanos and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have used the Gauntlet and survived. But there’s a famous moment in Infinity War in which Steve Rogers briefly holds Thanos at bay, pushing back at the villain’s gloved hand.
Fans have theorized the Gauntlet was responding to Steve’s strength of will, which would suggest Cap was strong enough to use the gauntlet.
Verdict: Not true.
“I think Steve would be toast,” said Markus. “I think in that moment, Thanos is impressed by Steve’s will. He’s like, ‘I can’t believe this guy who apparently has no powers is trying this.’ He’s almost like, ‘Really? Really?’ “
Did Steve Rogers offer Bucky the mantle of Captain America?
Steve’s best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) knew that Cap planned to live his life in the past, telling Steve he’ll miss him before the trip. Steve ultimately reappears as an old man, and offers the Captain America shield (and title) to his other close friend, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Fans have theorized that Steve initially offered Bucky the Captain America title in an off-screen conversation, but Bucky that rejected it.
Verdict: Partially true.
Yes, the two had a conversation before Steve went back in time. But no, Steve never offered the mantle to Bucky, said the screenwriters.
“That’s not our intent, no. It’s just honoring their relationship,” said McFeely. “Steve, clearly, before he stepped on that platform … told Bucky what he was going to do. Whether he knew he was going to appear on that bench, I don’t think so. Why would Bucky say, ‘I’m going to miss you pal,’ if it was only going to be five seconds?”
Was there a Namor reference in Endgame?
THR’s Richard Newby argued in October that Namor should be the villain of Black Panther 2. In Endgame, Okoye (Danai Gurira) reports there have been undersea earthquakes. That’s totally a Namor Easter egg, right?
Verdict: Not true.
“I wish we were that smart,” said Markus.
Is Ben Mendelsohn’s Captain Marvel character Talos in the background of Peter Parker’s school?
Some fans are convinced they can spot a Skrull (in human form) at Peter’s school near the end of the film. This could. Is this a hint at the famous Secret Invasion comic book storyline, in which Skrulls posing as humans invaded all segments of society?
Verdict: Not true.
The big problem with this theory? The screenwriters are not aware of Mendelsohn being in the movie, so he almost certainly is not in it.
“There are things people have told me about these movies, which we have worked on for nearly five years, that I’ve never seen, so I should probably watch it again,” said Markus.
Did The Hulk or Tony’s snaps in Endgame release radiation that could create mutants?
Monday’s trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home establishes that one of the Endgame snaps tore a hole in the MCU, apparently opening it up to new dimensions. If it can do that, could it also help introduce mutants into the MCU?
Verdict: Who knows, but probably not.
Markus and McFeely say they were unaware of the idea that a snap tore a whole in reality until they watched the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer on Monday. So they aren’t convinced it could also help explain future mutants.
“Anything is possible, but I don’t whether you’d need that. Genetic mutation is genetic mutation. It just happens. Maybe they are already out there,” said Markus.
With Disney’s recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the X-Men and Fantastic Four are available to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige the first time, and fans have been theorizing about how those characters could be folded into the MCU.
“I do think that whenever Kevin decides to do X-Men or Fantastic Four, it won’t be how you think it’s going to happen,” said McFeely. “I think he’s going to have a real clever version of it.”
How did that all-female shot come about?
Endgame featured a crowd-pleasing shot in which the women of the MCU gathered, with the characters involved including Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Okoye, Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Shuri (Letitia Wright), the Wasp (Evangeline Lily), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
“We certainly thought long and hard about it. I remember on set that day when we did it, every woman in the crew came down because they were incredibly excited to see it. It was a big moment and we took pictures of everybody,” said McFeely.
Markus called it a celebration of these characters, with McFeely adding: “We asked ourselves, have we earned it? And occasionally in the edit we’d say “should we take it out?’ And everyone said, ‘I like it. I like it.’ “
Was there a version of an alternate Captain America 3 before it became Civil War?
Downey was not always guaranteed to star in what would become 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and Markus and McFeely put together a partial story without Iron Man.
“There were outlines where we had the Zemo [Daniel Brühl] plotline based around Bucky. We had that whole structure. But it wasn’t so much about pitting Steve and Tony together. When Civil War rose to the surface, it fit in really nicely into that,” said Markus.
Added McFeely: “It wasn’t a great enough A-plot. It became an excellent B-plot.”
Marvel’s Disney+ Shows Will Occur After The Events Of “Avengers: Endgame”
Disney and Marvel recently announced plans to bring some of the MCU heroes and villains exclusively to their upcoming streaming service, Disney+. We were not told much about the upcoming shows but it seems like the timeline has been unveiled.
According to We Got This Covered, the upcoming Marvel spinoff series, Loki, Falcon And Winter Soldier and Wanda And Vision will all take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
From We Got This Covered:
Well, apparently, the Disney Plus shows will be set post-Endgame. Fan page La Buhardilla Marvel is claiming that Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that all of the Marvel series due to arrive on the streaming service will not be prequels and take place after the events of the fourth Avengers movie.
Here’s what the tweet said, translated from the original Spanish:
“Bob Iger has just confirmed that all Disney Plus series from Marvel Studios will occur after the events of ‘ Avengers: ENDGAME ‘.”
Source: We Got This Covered
Disney And Marvel Will Announce All Of The Titles For The Phase Four Of The MCU This Summer
Disney recently shared a timeline showing various Disney, Pixar, Fox and Star Wars movies. This movie slate timeline consisted of all of the movies that Disney is planning to release in the next seven years. This slate did show that there will be seven upcoming movies for the MCU, but they were very vague and did not provide us with any titles only that they were categorized as “Untitled Marvel Movie”. It sounds like Disney CEO Bob Iger has hinted that those titles and their names will be revealed sometime this summer.
Will the Avengers be assembling again some time soon?
Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted during the studio’s quarterly earnings call Wednesday that Marvel Studios will likely unveil the next slate of films from its cinematic superhero universe at some point this summer.
Iger declined to give specifics about what masked heroes will be in the spotlight for the next phase of Marvel films, though he said “Avengers: Endgame” provided some clues regarding what the future of the comic book empire will look like
“There are huge opportunities,” Iger said of the possible sequels, spinoffs and standalone superhero films to come. “There are many many different directions that we can go.”
We may not know the exact titles, but we have some pretty good guesses as to what the movies will be since these movies were green lit by Disney and Marvel for production.
- Black Panther 2
- Doctor Strange 2
- Captain Marvel 2
- Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3
- Black Widow
- The Eternals
- Shang Chi: The Master Of Kung Fu
Marvel Reveals Official Group Photo Of The Women Of “Avengers: Endgame”
One of the fan favorite moments of Endgame had the women of the MCU coming together to help secure the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ clutches.
Marvel released an official behind the scenes photo (below) of the group gathering together to celebrate the occasion.
The Russo Brothers also joined the photo showing Okoye (Danai Gurira), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Rescue (Gwyneth Paltrow), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), The Wasp (Hope Van Dyne), Shuri (Letitia Wright), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
VIDEO: “Captain Marvel” Coming To Digital On May 28th And 4K Blu-ray And Blu-ray On June 11th
Those of you waiting to take home “Captain Marvel’, the wait is finally over! “Captain Marvel will arrive on Digital on May28th and 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray on June 11th.
Here is the official announcement from Disney:
Based on the beloved Marvel comic-book series, first published in 1967, “Captain Marvel” stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”) as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star WarsStory,” “Mississippi Grind”) as Talos, with Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “20th Century Women”) as Supreme Intelligence, with Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Agent Coulson and Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as Yon-Rogg.
The film also includes a talented supporting cast that features Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Korath, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Ronan, Lashana Lynch (“Bulletproof,” “Brotherhood”) as Maria Rambeau, Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Humans”) as Minn-Erva, Rune Temte (“Eddie the Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”) as Bron-Char, Algenis Perez Soto (“Sugar,” “Isolated Victim”) as Att-Lass, Mckenna Grace (“Gifted,” “I, Tonya”) as Young Carol Danvers and Akira Akbar (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Monica Rambeau.
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson,” “Sugar,” “Mississippi Grind”). Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Directors Boden and Fleck’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”), production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther”) and composer Pinar Toprak (“The Angel,” “The Challenger”).
- Alternate Movie Versions
- Movie with Intro – An introduction by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
- Movie with Commentary – Commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
- Becoming a Super Hero – Follow Brie Larson’s journey as she joins the MCU, and see what it takes to be a Marvel Super Hero in every sense of the word.
- Big Hero Moment – Explore how impactful Captain Marvel’s entrance into the MCU is, and how she inspires audiences around the world.
- The Origin of Nick Fury – Witness some of the MCU’s most significant events through Nick Fury’s eyes, and see how his influence helped shape the MCU.
- The Dream Team – Discover why Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck are the perfect pair to direct Marvel Studios’ most powerful hero.
- The Skrulls and the Kree – Take a deeper look into the Skrulls and the Kree, their ongoing conflict, and the importance of shifting perspectives in the film.
- Hiss-sterical Cat-titude – The cast and crew dish on working with Goose and the raw talent it takes to portray such a complex character on-screen.
- Deleted Scenes
- “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?” – Kree Commander Yon-Rogg must answer to the Supreme Intelligence, who questions his leadership ability.
- Starforce Recruits – Yon-Rogg lectures a roomful of students on the Kree’s mission to defend all nations from the scourge of the Skrulls.
- Heading to Torfa – Vers (Danvers) and her fellow Starforce members banter as they prepare for their rescue mission to Torfa.
- “What, No Smile?” – In this alternate version of a scene from the movie, Vers is consulting a map when she receives a dubious offer of assistance.
- Black Box – Keller attempts to track Vers and Fury after their escape in a quadjet from the Joint USAFA Facility.
- Rookie Mistake – Novice S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson helps Director Keller out of an embarrassing situation.
- Gag Reel – The fate of the universe hangs in the balance as the cast battles props, flubs and Flerkens in these outtakes from the set.
- Journey into Visual Effects with Victoria Alonso – Experience how filmmakers’ visions of the MCU come to life on-screen through the skill of the Visual Effects team.
- What Makes a Memory: Inside the “Mind Frack” – What does it take to craft an action-packed sequence for a Marvel Studios film? Nothing short of an epic team effort!
- Concept Art – Explore artwork from “Captain Marvel” and trace the visual development of characters.
- On-Set Images – Uncover a trove of behind-the-scenes and production photography.
4K BLU-RAY TECHNICAL SPECS:
- Audio: English Dolby Atmos; Latin Spanish, French Parisian, Japan, German & Italian 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA; Brazilian Portuguese, French Canadian and Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital; DVD: English, French Canadian and Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby
- Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, Thai, Norwegian, French Parisian; Blu-ray: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese;DVD: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish; Digital: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Source: Disney Movies
SideShow Collectible Corner
From off the screen and into your home, this sixth scale figure of Captain America from Avengers: Endgame is extremely detailed. Not only does it include Cap wielding Mljonir, but it has Cap’s battle damaged shield and the compass with Peggy Carter’s photo in it!
Sideshow and Hot Toys present the Captain America Sixth Scale Collectible Figure! As a war hero, national symbol, enemy of oppression and a key member of the Avengers, Steve Rogers has proved his great leadership and importance throughout all these years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The highly-accurate collectible figure is expertly crafted based on the appearance of Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers from Avengers: Endgame. Featuring a newly painted helmeted head sculpt with three interchangeable lower faces capturing Chris Evan’s facial expressions and an un-helmeted head sculpt, a muscular body which naturally portrays Captain America’s muscularly toned body, a meticulously tailored outfit with a star emblem on the chest, Cap’s star-spangled shield, a delicate compass, a signature helmet and a specially designed movie-themed figure stand.
The Captain America Sixth Scale Figure also includes a Mjolnir and a broken Captain America shield with pieces of remains for sophisticated fans to recreate the epic face off!
Marvel fans, be sure to pick up the Captain America Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from Avengers: Endgame!
That’s it for this time!