Another Jim Starlin creation or two may be set to appear in Avengers 4. Starlin is one of Marvel's most iconic figures and he's had a big role in creating the characters that have prominent parts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His biggest creation, Thanos, just arrived in all his glory in Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War. Based on reactions from critics and audiences alike, it seems the wait was worth it. However, Starlin already got to see some of his creations - Drax and Gamora, for instance - come to life in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy.
And rightfully, Marvel Studios has credited Starlin with creating all these characters in their movies. He received "created by" credit for Thanos, Drax, and Gamora in Infinity War, just as he did in the first Guardians. He created many other characters besides just these three, however, and at least one appears to have secretly been added to Avengers 4.
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Jim Starlin recently did a Q&A at Puerto Rico Comic-Con and was asked what he knows about Avengers 4. According to SuperBroMovies, Starlin revealed visited the movie's set and teases that may get another "created by" credit this time around. After receiving the three credits for Infinity War, SBM says Starlin indicated he'll receive even more for Avengers 4. Unfortunately, there is no direct quote from Starlin at this time, so be sure to take this news with a grain of salt as it remains unconfirmed.
If Starlin is going to receive additional credits for Avengers 4, this is the first time any such indication has been made. There has been no further casting reveals for Avengers 4, so any possible role is (or rather was) either top secret and possibly minor. Infinity War has a few surprise appearances that weren't previously revealed, so it wouldn't be too surprising if the Russos managed to sneak in more secrets for Avengers 4.
What's fun about this possibility is that all the different outcomes and repercussions this could have. Starlin has created some major cosmic characters that could be set up in Avengers 4 for bigger roles down the road. Lady Death is one possibility, but maybe not the best one since the Russos weren't interested in using that character for Thanos' motivations to begin with. Thanos' father A'Lars is also a Starlin creation and actually was name-dropped in Infinity War.
Audiences could even possibly see Thanos' brother Eros aka Starfox or his grandfather Kronos. Perhaps the Russos managed to get Pip the Troll in after all to help James Gunn set up Adam Warlock - but who knows? Anything's possible at this time. Clint Barton could meet Shang-Chi after he takes on the Ronin persona or Korvac could somehow get involved. Clearly, there's plenty of possible outcomes and surprises in store for Avengers 4 if this turns out to be true.
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