Change is inevitable. Anyone who has been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Iron Man movie (or, okay, even The Incredible Hulk, now that Marvel has decided it's cinematic canon) knows this.
The end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) drove that point home even more clearly, with the original Avengers breaking up and going their separate ways: Tony Stark off to do...whatever it is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist does when he's trying to make amends (probably talking to the government), Thor back to Asgard to investigate the presence of the Infinity Stones and who's pulling the strings behind them, Bruce Banner off in a Quinjet to God knows where, and Steve Rogers and Natasha sticking behind to train the newest Avengers recruits.
The Avengers team we're left with -- at least until the events of [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) -- are Captain America, Black Widow, The Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine, and, presumably, Hawkeye.
At an Age of Ultron Blu-ray/DVD press event last night, Senior VP of Production Jeremy Latcham revealed that even more change is coming in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027), and it will mark an end to the Avengers as we know them:
"Well, I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team that we've come to know as The Avengers. Who knows exactly what's going to happen yet in that film, but I think this version of that team -- and I think we started to hint at it at the end of "Age of Ultron," that the team will be evolving. And one of the things we love in the comics is that the roster is always changing. That new people are coming on to the team, and that you could pick up an Avengers book ten years later and you don't recognize people on the cover. But the ideas and the ideals and things that make the Avengers the Avengers, still exist, and I think that's part of what this culmination will be."
But not only that, it will also mark an end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, he says:
"We're seeing this version of the team doing this thing to save the universe, the galaxy, however you want to put it, and we'll kind of see where that goes. It's not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I think it is the end of part of it, for sure. We're still trying to sort out which parts."
Brace yourselves, Marvel fans. Change is coming -- but in this case, the change can only be good.
Avengers: Infinity War - Part I will be in theaters on May 4, 2018, and Part II in theaters May 3, 2019.