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Avengers 5 started but not coming anytime soon – and you can thank Robert Downey Jr for the MCU, FYI

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Avengers: Endgame wrapped up 22 previous films (Picture: Marvel/Disney)

Kevin Feige has suggested that we won’t be seeing Avengers 5 in cinemas anytime soon, while praising Robert Downey Jr as ‘the most important thing in the founding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’.

The Marvel Studios president admitted there needs to be ‘a reasonable amount of time’ from 2019’s Avengers: Endgame to the next occasion the superheroes assemble again, but he admitted work on a new project is ‘already underway’.

He explained: ‘I think we want there to be a reasonable amount of time from the Endgame to start a new saga, which is already underway and already started.’

Speaking to Collider, he added: ‘And then you need time, as you did in Phase 1, to build that saga before you start bringing everyone together.’

In fairness to the man, he is pretty busy promoting the studio’s latest release, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which comes shortly after Black Widow’s July release and just before Eternals’ September release – and that’s not to mention the myriad series on Disney Plus involving Loki, the Scarlet Witch, the Winter Soldier and Falcon. Oh, and new animated project What If…?

Plus, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are all due for 2021 and 2022 releases.

 

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Shang-Chi is Marvel’s next cinematic release (Picture: Jasin Boland / Marvel)

While on the promotional circuit for Shang-Chi, Feige also threw it right back to the early days of the MCU as he reminisced on his involvement with early Spider-Man and X-Men films.

He also revealed that he felt Robert Downey Jr’s casting as Tony Stark for 2008’s Iron Man was a lynchpin of the studio’s success, even if it was – at the time – ‘the biggest risk’.

Chatting to CinemaBlend, he said: ‘I do think, still, the biggest risk – which seems outrageous to say now – was casting Robert Downey Jr.

‘It was both the biggest risk and the most important thing in the founding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.’

But Feige doesn’t believe the studio would’ve tasted such huge success if Downey Jr wasn’t on board.

He added: ‘Without Robert, we wouldn’t be sitting here today. I really believe that.’

Reassuring us all that there was no doubt over Downey Jr’s talents as an ‘amazing actor’, Feige explained how the studio didn’t see him as ‘a marquee star’ back then but quickly realised the greater risk was not hiring him, especially as he fitted in so well with director Jon Favreau’s vision for the Iron Man movie.

‘That decision, and the success of that decision, I think empowered us with further risks and further choices.’

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is out on September 3.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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