In the middle of a wide-ranging report about the state of Marvel Studios covering everything from potentially recasting Jonathan Majors to She-Hulk going wildly over budget… A bombshell. Marvel Studios and Disney are reportedly considering bringing back the original six Avengers stars for a new movie. Yes, including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
According to Variety‘s sources (which, of note, are far more reliable and vetted than your run-of-the-mill online scooper), thanks to flagging interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and malaise at the box office, the studio has been engaging in what Variety calls “talks” to bring back the stars of the 2012 blockbuster. That includes Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clint Barton.
The six actors previously starred together in The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and in varying capacities in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, as fans of the MCU will note, both Iron Man and Black Widow died in Endgame. Oh, and Steve Rogers is old now, and possibly on the moon and/or dead. As Variety notes, that’s never stopped comic book characters before.
It is unclear whether the original six would reunite for an entirely new movie, or come back in some sort of multiverse way in the already planned Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
It’s no secret that the heroes Marvel has introduced since Endgame, the end of the so-called Infinity Saga, haven’t all popped in the same way as those initial heroes. Obviously, there have been a number of mitigating factors there, not least of which is the COVID pandemic playing havoc with entertainment (and human lives), Marvel fracturing by taking on movies and streaming shows at the same time, and more recently the ongoing strikes.
But is bringing back these six Avengers the answer? Probably not if Disney CEO Bob Iger is serious about cutting back on spending. Downey Jr. alone cost $25 million for Iron Man 3, and there’s little chance he — or anyone else — will take a pay cut to return to these roles. On the same note, with The Marvels looking to post one of the lowest openings in the MCU next weekend, maybe it is time to back up that money truck.