Avengers 4 shooting starts…

…and maybe, just maybe, they’re going to be able to pull all of this off: “Avengers 4 is set to be the culmination of every major plot thread over the course of 22 movies in 10 years for the MCU.” As that article notes, almost all of the core actors’ contracts are expiring, and they’re starting to show some signs of being ready to go do other movies. Plus, probably some of ’em are gonna die in Avengers: Infinity War. Not Spider-Man, of course, he’s safe: the studios will be using him for the next stage of the MCU. Why? Because Spider-Man Homecoming will bring in over three hundred million domestically and, more importantly, didn’t suck. So he’ll be the anchor for the next iteration.

…Which I am not entirely hopeful about, honestly.  This entire experiment should have crashed and burned long since; I think that it has enough momentum going that it will succeed at creating the multi-film popcorn film extravaganza that we were promised back in 2008, but I don’t expect that the next iteration will be as logistically successful.  But that’s OK. This was a pretty fun ride. Never High Cinema, but it never tried to be. I don’t begrudge taking my butt to the movies to watch the MCU unfold.

Moe Lane

PS: If they screw up the Squirrel Girl movie, though, all bets are off.

PPS: I’m just assuming that there’s going to be a Squirrel Girl movie.

PPPS: They still had better not screw it up.



  • jeboyle says:

    Squirrel Girl:

    Steady, steady. Deep breaths.

  • BigGator5 says:

    The only two movies that suck is Iron Man 2 and Avengers 2 (debatable: I liked it). That’s a good track record.
    And of course everyone dies. Then they get to resurrect them with new, cheaper actors.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      I am hesitant to say that Iron Man 2 sucked, mostly because Don Cheadle was pretty awesome in it.

    • DemosthenesVW says:

      1. Avengers 2 did not suck. It was trying to do too much in a too-short run time of *only* 150 minutes. I know, I know…but when Joss Whedon can’t totally crack a script, it’s probably because there’s too much there to crack.
      2. You forgot Thor 2 and The Incredible Hulk, which (along with Iron Man 2) are Marvel’s only three misfires in the film series. To be fair, none of those movies sucks, exactly. But they make some serious mistakes and miss some big opportunities.
      3. You know, I don’t think they’ll play the resurrection game. I think they’ll move forward with Ant-Man, Ms. Marvel, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, the Guardians, maybe an Inhuman or a Defender, and (of course) Spiderman, and do another cycle.
      Then they may introduce some new characters. I would love some cross-licensing with Fox to get versions of the X-Men in here, BTW. I want this Spiderman to meet a proper Wolverine. Could the universe handle the tonal strain? Let’s find out!

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