According to online reports, it appears that reshoots for the upcoming Avengers 4 film will contain actually ending the fourth film. There were many distortion tactics thrown at viewers of Avengers: Infinity War with claims that the deaths will still. Not sure if there will be a sequel to Doctor Strange or Black Panther. At the same time, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had a release date and Spider-Man: Far Away from Home is currently shooting.
In a chat with “The Marvelists” podcast, star Mark Ruffalo revealed that the reshoots are more than your usual reshoots. Take that as you will. However, some outlets are eyeing it as rumor confirmation that it will be more than the usual. This should not come as a surprise to many, as the Russo Brothers said that the film was not complete when they released Infinity War in May. Of course, Ruffalo revealed more than he should have.
Here’s what Ruffalo said on the podcast about their current schedule (via The Playlist):
“Well we’re doing reshoots starting in September. And then we’ll go back into the international tour, we’ll go on tour… Then you guys will get [‘Avengers 4’]. Which we don’t even know what it’s gonna be yet. We’re not just doing reshoots, we’re going to finish the movie, which we really didn’t get to finish totally when we left it last year.”
He went on to say that they’re shooting multiple takes on certain scenes, not just for coverage or performance but to try different things out (THR):
“Some of [the decision making process regarding plot] is happening while we’re there. It’s pretty amazing. And we’ll shoot some stuff and a few days later come back and reshoot it cause we wanna take it in another direction. It’s a very living organism, even as we approach it being a locked picture, we’re still working on it.”
The Leap of Logic
Many will speculate that many of the reshoots will be due to the changes with Disney and the GotG shake-up. Given that they will use Gunn’s script, the odds that will affect the movie is ridiculous. Many of these online observers don’t understand that the final edit of the script is in the editing room. With last minute decision, much like the Hulk appearing in the trailers but Banner appears in the movie, was made at the last minute.
Changes to the Guardians storyline will have little (if any) affect on the franchise at all. Franchise star Dave Bautista, a vocal supporter of Gunn, told Digital Spy that he’s certainly still in Avengers 4:
“It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for ‘Guardians.’ ’Guardians 3’ is really up in the air and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in ‘Avengers 4.’ To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know. But I know I’m in ‘Avengers 4.’ I’ve shot most of it already. I do have two days of reshoots. But other than that, I have some really great scenes that I hope they use. But I guess that it remains to be seen what they’ll do with the characters.”
Fuel to the Fire
Other returning Avengers likely include the missing Jeremy Renner, a.k.a. Hawkeye, if his Instagram is to be believed:
Elsewhere, it looks like another Stark may make an appearance in Avengers 4 as well. If That Hashtag Show is to be believed, John Slattery may have filmed a scene for the upcoming movie as well. Obviously, for the elder Stark to appear, it’d either have to be in a flashback scene. Archival footage, or perhaps some sort of time-travel trickery. Either way, the site cautions that the scene may never make it into the final film and that it may end up on the cutting-room floor, so to speak. Or maybe it never actually happened to begin with.
As always with big movies, we will continue to see rumor posts of what Avengers 4 may be. Unfortunately, we will have to endure all of these posts until next May. It is a good bet that many people will simply forego looking at any of these speculative sites until May 4th.
And we’ll see just how this chapter of the MCU ends when Untitled Avengers Movie arrives May 3, 2019.