(Warning - the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for multiple future entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in particular Spider-Man's upcoming solo movie. That being said, they come straight from Robert Downey Jr, so there's a pretty solid chance that a) he was messing with us, or b) the folks at Marvel want us to know.)
Now, in a modern world filled with cruel and often unusual plot rumors – and major plot spoilers – it can be tough to know where to go, and who to look to, for safe, spoiler-free discussion of our favorite movie franchises. With most corners of the Internet necessarily filled with plot and casting discussion, though, that often means sticking to the television airwaves, or carefully following only the most circumspect of relevant celebrities on social media.
Even that, though, was recently proved to be risky, when...
Robert Downey Jr. Totally Just Teased Two Major – Previously Unannounced – Marvel Appearances
And, what's more, he did it on national television.
Back on RDJ and Chris 'Captain America' Evans's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last week, Evans wound up complaining about the weather in Atlanta, and how unconscionably hot it tends to be there.
Which, RDJ pointed out, could be something of a problem for the actor, since:
"By the way, we are going to shoot in Atlanta again, you and I."
To which Evans responded:
"I know, I’m ready, I’m ready."
In other words?
Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans Are Definitely Going to Be Filming in Atlanta Again
Which – with Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange already confirmed to be shooting elsewhere – likely means one of three things:
1. Is 'Avengers: Infinity War' Already Getting Ready to Go?
After all, it's possible that RDJ and Evans are simply referring to their widely-anticipated involvement in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1, and that the folks over at Marvel Studios have already locked their key cast-members (and principal shooting location) down to a certain filming schedule.
The only problem? It's arguably something of a long-shot that Marvel would have already arranged their shooting location for as high-profile (and expensive) a movie, with potential changes to tax credits and the like still having time to change between now and the start of filming.
2. Is 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Set for Some Cameos?
That, after all, is the next major Marvel movie set to get all tangled up in Atlanta's awesome burgeoning movie-making sector. Could we be set to see Iron Man and Cap turn up in Guardians in some supporting capacity?
Well... no, almost certainly not. Director James Gunn has already made it explicitly clear that he won't be featuring any major Avengers in the sequel, seemingly stopping that particular possibility dead in its tracks.
RDJ could, then, be referring to an alternative upcoming MCU movie, but with the next possible options being 2018's Black Panther and Ant-Man and The Wasp, the odds of production having already been scheduled are likely even slimmer than with Avengers: Infinity War.
The other option, then?
3. Is Spider-Man's Solo Movie Going to Be Less Solo Than We Thought?
Specifically, could we be set to see both Iron Man and Cap turn up in Spider-Man's upcoming solo movie?
Well, with a mid-2017 release date (suggesting production will begin soon), the scheduling would certainly make sense – and, since Sony has allowed Marvel to use Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, a certain amount of immediate cast-swapping reciprocation would seem logical. Add in Sony's pressing need for the new Spider-Man movie to both take the box-office by storm – after the relative financial disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and immediately envelop Spidey in the MCU, and this one might just make the most sense.
What's more, the ending of Captain America: Civil War – whatever it may be – is likely to be cued up to leave the ongoing, overarching MCU plot open for exactly those kind of box-office-gross-supporting, MCU-connectivity-ensuring appearances.
Which, if true, means that...
RDJ Just Confirmed That Iron Man and Cap Are Set to Star in Spider-Man's New Solo Movie
Either that, or the two of them are going to make their own, non-Marvel-affiliated movie in Atlanta next year.
Which... also sounds like it would be awesome.
Call this one a win/win, then?
What do you think, though?