Earlier this month, Variety dropped a bombshell report describing a "crisis at Marvel." The article addressed Marvel's predicament with Kang the Conqueror actor Jonathan Majors amidst his domestic violence charges, the potential box office bomb that is The Marvels, and possible plans to bring back the original Avengers cast.
While many have dismissed Variety's report as a "hit piece," claiming much of it to be incorrect, the idea of Marvel reassembling the original six Avengers heroes has got many excited. But is it true?
Who better to ask than Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige? With The Marvels hitting theaters this Friday, Feige was in attendance at last night's Las Vegas premiere for the film, and he was asked about the rumors of bringing back the "fallen Avengers."
His response: "No? Is that the answer?"
Adding a bit more clarification, Feige insisted that they did not discuss the possibility of Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) returning to the MCU.
"We did not discuss that at the retreat. It’s the truth. We’re doing a project with Scarlett, we love Robert, he’s a part of the family. But in terms of returning? We’ll have to see," Feige stated.
Now whether or not Feige is telling the truth remains to be seen. If something like this were actually discussed amongst the Marvel heads, I doubt they would want it to be known publicly before any official announcement. There's no way Feige would even hint at such a discussion during a random interview for The Marvels.
Reassembling the original Avengers for a movie, and even bringing back some of the fallen heroes, may seem like a far-fetched idea, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. Marvel's heroes are often killed off in the comic books only to return at some point in the future. Why should it be any different in the movies?
Following 2019's Endgame, Marvel seemed content to move on from the original Avengers and introduce new heroes with new stories to tell. But these stories have seemingly not resonated with the mass audience.
While Covid threw a wrench in the theatergoing experience, Marvel's struggles at the box office can not solely be blamed on the pandemic. A jumbled timeline, shoddy CGI work, lackluster storytelling, and uninteresting characters have all led to the decline in quality of the MCU. With Marvel struggling mightily at the box office, it would be no surprise to see the studio attempt to recapture the glory days of the Avengers and the MCU.