By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Joss Whedon hit it out of the park with The Avengers, which made over a billion dollars at the box office. So it was no surprise that Marvel wanted him back for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, even though there were rumors that he wasn’t coming back to the franchise.
Those rumors are now rearing their heads again for Avengers 3, although both Marvel and Whedon are tight lipped regarding his return. Marvel hemorrhages directors almost faster than they can hire them, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he doesn’t come back for the third installment.
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest is reporting that Marvel already has its sights on who would be sitting in the director’s chair, or rather chairs: Joe and Anthony Russo. Not only are they rumored to be directing Avengers 3 but also, possibly, Avengers 4.
With Robert Downey Jr. pretty much on board for Captain America 3, and that film rumored to kick off the Civil War storyline, the Russo Bros. make a huge amount of sense as directors. That is, of course, if Whedon doesn’t want to return for the third film.
Badass Digest also drops a few more possible details for Captain America 3, and how it ties into the next Avengers film. Possible massive spoilers ahead!
Firstly, Faraci has been hearing the third Captain America film could either be called Captain America: Civil War or Captain America: Fallen Son. I prefer the former title, but the latter title hints at the death of Cap himself. This means that while Chris Evans is contractually obligated to be in Avengers 3, it’s possible that Marvel will release him from the contract.
I’ve speculated that he would be killed in the Avengers 3, possibly sacrificing himself for the team, which would lead to Bucky Barnes, aka, The Winter Soldier, (played by Sebastian Shaw, who Marvel signed to a multi-picture deal), taking up the mantle and shield.
Faraci also speculates that Warner Bros. had some early warning that Marvel was planning on pitting the Captain against Iron Man, which is why they decided to move Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to March 2016. There’s no way that Dawn of Justice would out-perform an Iron Man vs Captain America film.
Badass Digest also says sources have told them that the Civil War storyline would continue through Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, or a universe-wide crossover film that would deal with Thanos. Marvel keeps pushing Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet further and further away than anyone expects, that I hope the hype it’s building doesn’t dissipate — or worse, it won’t live up to that hype.
I wasn’t a fan of the Civil War storyline in the comics, but as a concept it makes sense. It can create a lot of drama and tension between characters in a more complex situation, if it’s handled right. This is a huge gamble for Marvel Studios, but if Guardians of the Galaxy is any indication, then they know what they’re doing and they’re playing for keeps. Then again, Iron Man 3 used Extremis as a storyline, and many ridiculed the villains, and that’s not even considering The Mandarin.
The Avengers 3 should open in 2018, unless it’s split in two, then expect part 2 in 2019.