Now, #MarvelStudios may currently be going from strength to strength, with even its riskier ventures — like, say, the recently released #DoctorStrange — making vast sums of money at the box office, but there may still be some grey clouds on the horizon. After all, there are a whole lot of future problems woven into the #MarvelCinematicUniverse's outrageously consistent success thus far. What will the company do, for instance, when it first sees a movie fail? How will the #MCU cope with the changing superhero climate outside its doors, especially if #DC manages to claw its way back to critical respectability? And, of course, how on earth will #Marvel deal with the inevitable departure of some of the company's key figures, including #IronMan himself, #RobertDowneyJr?
Well, according to Marvel Studios head honcho #KevinFeige, the company very much does have a plan in place for that last eventuality — though it might not be quite what you'd expect. Y'see...
Kevin Feige Is Refusing To Think About Recasting Marvel's Biggest Roles
Which isn't, of course, to say that he isn't concerned about one day having to do so. As he recently revealed to Variety, after being asked whether he would consider recasting Downey Jr or #ChrisEvans, a.k.a. #Captain America:
"Luckily we don’t have to make that decision anytime soon. There are a lot of movies that everyone is signed on for, and we get to enjoy them for a long time. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and right now I can’t envision anyone else. Chris Evans has embodied Captain America as well as any actor has ever embodied an iconic pop-culture figure like that. I go back to Chris Reeve as Superman as the gold standard, and I think Evans is right there. I couldn’t imagine anybody else."
As he noted, though, his reticence on the imagination front isn't necessarily shared by the movie-going public at large:
"But you also look to history: We have a new Spider-Man right now who was in our 'Civil War' film and is in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' and the audience has embraced it. And you can look to Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Batman as characters that last longer than any one actor playing them. There’s a precedent for it in other franchises that suggests it’s possible."
His ultimate conclusion, though?
"But right now I don’t want to think about it and don’t need to think about it."
Which, sure, is fairly ostrich-like in its unwillingness to actively engage with the problem at hand, but may also be far and away the most sensible approach. After all, there's still every possibility that both Downey Jr. and Evans will ultimately sign on for more Marvel movies in the wake of #AvengersInfinityWar, in which case the problem may not truly arise until the mid-to-late 2020s — making it very much a problem for future Kevin Feige. And, as well all know, that guy has all the answers.
Plus, it's also worth noting that there's a pretty solid chance that Feige is actively trying to throw us off a scent or two, and that Marvel already has a cunning plan for what to do with its two most iconic leads. If he were to tell us that there were already a plan, though, then he'd scarcely ever be able to get through another interview without someone asking what it is — making his "I don't want to think about it answer" all the more sensible, no matter how true it might be.
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