Bad Ass Digest dropped a couple bombs about the future of the Avengers movie franchise. It’s all speculation and we should take it with a grain of salt, but at least it’s worth thinking about. It all boils down to contracts, phases and long-term goals. Luckily these are three things that Marvel Entertainment are masters at manipulating. First, contract limitations kind of prohibit A3 from being split up into two films as previously rumored. Second, this movie is the springboard for Marvel’s famously talked about Phase 3. And third, it’s possible that Thanos won’t be done with our happy heroes by the end of that film. And it all has to do with saying a temporary goodbye to some of our favorite players. Possible SPOILERS ahead.
Let’s deal with the contracts issue first. It’s unlikely that ‘Avengers 3’ will be split up into two movies because most of the actors’ contracts will be up by the end of Part 1. Part 2 would demand new contract negotiations that Marvel isn’t too keen on because they’re notorious for paying on the cheap. Thanks to something called the Salkind Clause, you can’t do stuff like that unless you’re willing to pay. According to BAD, the clause was instated decades ago after a battle over ‘The Four Musketeers’:
“Eventually the Screen Actors Guild included new language in the standard actor contract, known as the Salkind Clause, which says the actors must know how many movies they’re making when they sign up – ie, you can’t just use all their extra footage to make another movie without paying them for another movie.”
Unless Marvel has some funky plan in the works, they might want to reconsider that 4-hour runtime. Because with ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ reportedly poised to change the roster, we’ve got a bevy of new warriors in the battle against evil. Enter Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as well as the mystery addition everyone thinks will be Ms. Marvel. That’s where Phase 3 comes in, introducing new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and possibly as members of the Avengers. I’m talking about Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and possibly Black Panther and Ms. Marvel. If you count the company of our Netflix friends Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, ‘Avengers 3’ could be pulling out all the stops in trying to bring down the Mad Titan Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet.
But Bad Ass Digest says it won’t stop there. They claim to have sources that allude to A3 as being a launching pad for “something else” entirely. If contracts are to be taken seriously, that would mean that we’d see all the new jacks mentioned above as the headliners for ‘Avengers 3,’ while Hulk, Captain America and Thor sit it out and return for that “something else” film. These reasonings make a little bit of sense. We know Hulk will be blasted off into space at the end of AOU. We know Cap will hand over the shield to Bucky under one plot device or another. We know Chris Hemsworth’s got two movies left on his contract: ‘Thor 3’ and a final film. Plus, the Thor films have been hinting at his eventual Asgardian reign for years, so him stepping out for a bit wouldn’t be hard to swallow. That leaves Robert Downey Jr’s. Iron Man left to lead the new band in the final entry of the Avengers movie trilogy.
But one has to ask…what is this all about? And what is this “something else” they speak of?
It’s about contracts and keeping the key players around to fight in “something else” as the original movie team of Avengers. That something else could come in many forms of us guessing our asses off. One guess could be ‘Secret Wars.’ Which would be phenomenal. If Thanos doesn’t bow out at the end of A3, will his gauntlet give him such a range of impossible power that he can stand in as a cinematic Beyonder? Another guess would be ‘Civil War.’ Which would be difficult, but an admirable risk. If this “something else” that came out of nowhere were to be some big extravaganza of a film (like it sounds), it would be the perfect cap to a wonderful run of satisfying films. It would be the end of an era, not to mention the exciting and undoubtedly riveting start of a new one starring all new characters.
Grain of salt, I said. Marvel is making dough hand over fist, and they could easily renegotiate contracts without losing their shirts. But don’t count on it. Let’s get AOU out of the way before we go nuts with all these rumors. ‘Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ opens May 1, 2015.
Via – Bad Ass Digest