Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are in an exciting place with the final stretch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC leading towards the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters at the end of the month. And while that happens, Marvel TV is also beginning their Netflix mini universe, starting with Daredevil (launches Friday). The Marvel machine has no end in sight and franchise star Robert Downey Jr. is teasing even more to come with a “big announcement” coming tomorrow morning.
The studio finished 2014 with a bang, announcing years worth of movies (dubbed “Phase 3”) culminating in a two-part Avengers: Infinity War event in 2018-19 at a fan and media event that put years worth of rumors and speculation to rest. And of course, it didn’t take long for that plan to evolve, now with Sony and Marvel working together to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.
And that’s where the name Robert Downey Jr. comes into play yet again. We know Spider-Man is being rebooted to fit within the MCU with a much younger actor playing Peter Parker. Rumors add that the film could live under the title Spectacular Spider-Man, and more interestingly, could feature Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man in a major role.
RDJ already re-signed with Marvel Studios after Iron Man 3 to return for two more Avengers movies (Age of Ultron being the first) and he’s since extended it to co-star in Captain America: Civil War – a movie that could only have happened if he signed. Now, he may be extending yet again if the Spider-Man reports are true and tomorrow we could find out:
We don’t know what Marvel has planned for Good Morning America tomorrow but they’re using their biggest star to tease an announcement. This trend of using morning shows and daytime TV (like The View) is something Marvel is capitalizing on to expand their brand reach, but with the teaser images above, we really don’t know what to expect outside of it involving the Avengers sequel.
One image features Iron Man’s armor and another, Hawkeye’s bow so it’s not RDJ-specific (and likely has nothing to do with Spider-Man sadly). The other stars of the film haven’t added any other hints (yet) about the announcement, so looking at both teasers, the white overlay on each appears to be text and/or a logo. The timing of such an announcement coincides with the final stretch of pre-Avengers 2 marketing and the release of Daredevil on Netflix, but it’s also on the morning of a new episode of AoS. Could we see a connection confirmed? Could the Agents of SHIELD appear in Avengers 2?
The announcement more likely will be something smaller, not related to casting or crossovers, even if RDJ uses the phrase “big announcement.” His last few “announcements” were actually just trailers so it could just be a new clip or video from Age of Ultron and given the actor’s previous tweet (above) it could just be the clip he was teasing for his charity drive since they’ve almost met the $2 million milestone he’s aiming for. Share your theories in the comments!
[Updated with Tweet about raising money for Julia’s House and the promise of a clip.]
[Update 2: Jimmy Kimmel tweeted another image, from the Chris Evans Captain America poster with text that seems to be from the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.]
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
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