The teaming up of Marvel superheroes goes way back…back before the MCU, before even the book Marvel Team-Up…it goes back to nearly the very beginnings of Marvel…Subby met the original Human Torch in 1940 for cripes sake and the heroes that populate the Marvel Universe have been bumping into each other ever since.
There’s certainly no reason to expect the MCU to be any different: Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, Tony Stark at the end of The Incredible Hulk, Falcon in Ant-Man, almost everyone in Captain America: Civil War, and rumors of LITERALLY everyone in Avengers: Infinity War. The MCU may not have as many opportunities for guests to pop up as 40 monthly comic books, but they seem to take advantage of them whenever they can.
Vulture was recently able to ask Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige if there were any couplings he was looking forward to as the MCU hurdles toward Avengers: Infinity War.
There are so many, but I would say, both because of the characters and the actors who’ve created them, Doctor Strange and Tony Stark.
Such a team-up has been predicted since practically the moment Benedict Cumberbatch was announced for the role because, really, who else would a goateed, charismatic, snarky genius with unexpected power clash with but another goateed, charismatic, snarky genius with unexpected power? Fan’s expected Robert Downey Jr. in the mix immediately. While the most anticipated, it is certainly far from the only one, Feige says, and some may be less obvious than that one:
Particularly in Infinity War and the movie after that, there are … unexpected team-ups.
The imagination reels, of course, with a cast of potential characters overflowing with great mixes. The hints from Fiege do seem to suggest that very little is off the table in those regards.
He is playing his cards close to the vest, however. When asked by Vulture if perhaps Marvel Studios is using Cate Blanchett’s goddess of death in Thor: Ragnarok as a substitute in Avengers: Infinity War for Thanos’s object of desire, the physical manifestation of Death, in the comics version of the Infinity War storyline, Feige was mum on the topic. Such a use would dismiss the need to introduce another female representation of Death and, even more importantly, gets to use the immense talents of Blanchett in yet another film. However, while not confirming Blanchett, he suggested that the comics Thanos may have had different motivations than the cinematic version:
Anything is possible, but knowledge of the comics can be both beneficial to fans anticipating things, and also misleading. So you’ll have to see.
But he would, without reservation, confirm the undeniable awesomeness of Blanchett’s performance as Hela in the upcoming Thor film.
I would be psyched if I were you. Put it this way: Her part is wrapped, and we haven’t done any effects yet. Even without any effects at all — I’m talking dots on her costume, and green screen — it’s amazing.
So, even if she’s not in Infinity War, the cast list for the film appears to ballooning with recent estimates at around 60 cast members. Feige was asked how does the studio go back to doing more personal films after doing such a cinematic extravaganza.
I think it’s possible to have more intimate movies after that or to have more interesting, unexpected combinations of characters after that, absolutely. It never is intentionally about ‘being even bigger.’ Arguably, one of the biggest scenes we’ve ever had in a movie was the airport battle in Civil War, and there weren’t world-ending stakes in that scene, there wasn’t an asteroid smashing into a city in that scene, but there was a conflict between the characters that made you feel something….To us, it’s less about continuing to go bigger with spectacle — although in some cases, we will — and more about continuing to go deeper with those character interactions.
What “unexpected” team-ups do you predict? Or would simply just like to see? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017 and Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018.