James Gunn Addresses the Rumor That the MCU Will Be Rebooted After 'Infinity War'

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 11:37AM
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 11:37AM
James Gunn Addresses the Rumor That the MCU Will Be Rebooted After 'Infinity War'
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There's been a persistent rumor floating around that Marvel might be planning a series-wide reboot following the upcoming Infinity War. It makes sense—with a lot of key Marvel actors reaching the end of their contracts, Kevin Feige has stated that the studio's Stage Four will be dramatically different from what's come before. It would be logical to simply wipe the slate clean and start again.

But James Gunn, ever keen to engage with fans on social media, has been quick to quash these rumors. While he can't speak for the future of the entire MCU, he's eager to to make sure fans know that his work on the cosmic side of the universe is going to continue for the foreseeable future:




This isn't a huge surprise—after all, Gunn has signed on to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, and has been laying the groundwork to see the cosmic MCU movies expand, potentially featuring a second team of Guardians (led by Sylvester Stallone's Starhawk). This is to say nothing of Captain Marvel, who'll also be in this wheelhouse, and whose first movie is currently slated to appear between Infinity War and its mysterious, untitled sequel.

Marvel's been learning from their comic book division, as well as the mistakes of their competitors. Superhero reboots, either in comic or movie form, are a big risk—nobody was thrilled by the Amazing Spider-Man movie reboot, just as the Brand New Day event in comics caused controversy among Spidey fans. Instead, Marvel's been trying out seeing their most famous heroes, including Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man (three characters whose MCU actors are no longer under contract) pass their mantles on to new proteges. It's possible that this was the initial plan for Phase Four in the movies, in order to keep these characters relevant without needing to rely on increasingly expensive actors.

Then again, if Mark Ruffalo's recent slip on Good Morning America can be believed, all the heroes in Infinity War are going to die anyway:


We're gonna call bullshit on that one and say Marvel will keep its flagship heroes for now. After all, if shelling out for Robert Downey Jr. costs the studio $50 million a movie, but the film makes over a billion worldwide, maybe it's just easier to pay the actor's exorbitant fees rather than try to start all over from scratch.

Avengers: Infinity War hits US theaters May 4th, 2018.
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