- Marvel is reportedly considering a return of some popular Avengers stars.
- Jonathan Majors’ ongoing legal problems are giving him a headache.
- The studio has had problems with newer films like Blade and others.
There was a time when Marvel was at the forefront of Hollywood – its films were almost always guaranteed hits, people loved the interconnected storylines, and there was hope that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would extend its Hydra-like tentacles into the world of streaming could stretch out and offers a wealth of content for Disney+.
There’s more trouble these days than an attack from Doctor Doom (which we’ll have to wait to see on screen). Recent releases other than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 have failed to excite the box office and there have been quality concerns about the visual effects on both large and small screens, which are a key element in making the stories work.
So how do you try to right the ship? According to a new report from Varietythe studio could look to its past to support its future.
Could the original Avengers cast return?
While this is far from a concrete possibility, the Variety story cites sources saying there have been discussions about bringing back the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson to reprise their roles as fan-favorite Avengers characters to resume.
Of course, this all depends on whether the actors even want to return at this point, and perhaps more crucially on the realization that the budget to pay the salaries of people like RDJ would have to break several piggy banks.
Still, the idea of the Avengers as a selling point would help alleviate the problems with someone destined to be the big bad of future team-up films. “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars.”
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The Jonathan Majors Edition
Yes, one of the biggest problems Marvel is facing right now is Jonathan Majors, who appeared in Season 1 of Loki (he’s back in Season 2 as a different version) and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as different ones Variations of the multiversal character Kang appeared’.
But Majors is embroiled in a huge domestic violence lawsuit with a trial scheduled for later this month. And that’s a major headache for both Marvel and parent company Disney (which pulled the planned release of his Sundance film “Magazine Dreams” from the release list despite legal concerns).
The MCU team hasn’t decided how they’ll tackle the problem going forward – but they’ll need to find a solution quickly, as the first of the new Avengers films was supposed to start filming next year (although that could be delayed too) . thanks to the knock-on effect of the actors’ strike). There’s a chance the studio could recast the role or move on to a different villain.
“Blade’s jaded route to screens.”
“Blade” was supposed to be a title that would particularly excite fans. Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the new version of the vampire-fighting vigilante once portrayed by Wesley Snipes.
But that had its own problems: two directors so far, multiple writers, countless script drafts (including reportedly one in which Blade played the fourth lead in his own film) and the film had to be canceled six weeks before shooting began.
Michael Green, who wrote Logan, is the newest writer on board and the goal is to shoot the film next year on a cheaper budget.
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Bright spots in Marvel’s future
There are at least some positives to the Marvel team getting the right – the Fox deal gave Disney the rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men, and Feige and company figured out how to bring two of comics’ most famous teams into that MCU can introduce.
Deadpool 3, which was halfway through filming when the actors’ strike canceled it, is definitely generating excitement, and this is a potential way to build a bridge to the future.
And no one should completely write off the Marvel team – they’ve shown a remarkable ability to bounce back and score hits.