Between contract limits and narrative necessity, Avengers: Infinity War is a perfect time for actors to jump ship ... and for Marvel Entertainment to allow them to do so instead of extending their contract.
Many of the biggest stars in the franchise, like Robert Downey Jr. and Chrises Evans and Hemsworth, aren’t contracted for major (if any) franchise appearances after Infinity War and its untitled sequel, previously known as Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2. And with a crisis as huge as the mad Titan Thanos seeking the omnipotent power bestowed upon any person who manages to collect all six Infinity Stones, it’s a perfect time for Marvel Studios to dip a toe into that most hallowed of comic book traditions: the death of a major hero.
But let’s not get too dire here: Infinity War’s sequel could also just be the right timing for Captain America or Iron Man or another of Marvel’s core heroes to walk off into the sunset in a much less tragic way. Speaking to JoBlo this week, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the end of the Infinity War arc would be a parting of the ways.
When asked if Infinity War would be the “final chapter” for some “beloved” characters, he said:
The producer went on to say, neutrally and vaguely, that everybody at Marvel Studios is just focusing on the hard work ahead at the moment. And with two more years before Infinity War’s untitled sequel, that’s still a long road. By that point the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a full decade old — a prime time for fresh faces and newer heroes to step up and take the franchise’s lead roles.