Marvel chief Kevin Feige during the publicity rounds for Ant-Man and the Wasp revealed about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically Avengers 4, billed as a ‘significant conclusion’ to the series.
During his interview with i09, Kevin spoke on why certain characters survived the events of the film, and certain others were killed.
He stated, “I think for a film series that is going on 10 years and is gearing towards a conclusion with Avengers 4, which you don’t usually have in these kind of movies, you can sort of do the math. And realise it’s the original Avengers that are left.”
In the climax of the Avengers: Infinity War, the villainous Thanos comes through with his threat of snapping his fingers and eviscerating half the universe’s population. Characters such as Spider-Man, most of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther are the ones who die. Fans noticed that the surviving characters - Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk and Thor - are also the original members of the superhero team.
The synopsis published in License Global Magazine stated, “A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”
Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are joined by the likes of Ant-Man, who wasn’t a part of the battle in the first Avengers film. Each of the characters seems to be wearing some gadget which allows them to travel through time.
One of the die-hard fans took to Twitter and wrote, “In the new photos, it seems almost certain the scene isn’t a flashback, as Downey Jr. can be seen wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, which he wasn’t wearing in The Avengers.The tweet releasing the newly leaked photos remarks, “this has to be time travel and not a flashback because there are two Tonys in the same place??”
Evangeline Lilly who starred in Ant-Man confirmed the time travel element in an interview in 2017 and stated, “You want me to tell you about the flash-forwards and flashbacks and flash-sideways? When I heard about Infinity War (and Avengers 4) and the direction that they’re heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there’s a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise.”
The directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 have been refusing about the character deaths being reversed.
Writer Stephen McFeely told Huffington Post, “If we say goodbye to some characters, we will say it permanently.”
Marvel’s next film is Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be out on 13th July. It will be followed by Captain Marvel in early 2019.