Avengers 4 is currently in post-production, and reshoots will run over the next few months - but that's no reason for concern. Although reshoots often become a subject of controversy online, they're actually a normal part of filming for a blockbuster movie.
Principal photography for the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 wrapped up in January, well over a year before its scheduled release. Marvel celebrated in style, and the Russo brothers took to social media to share a stunning wrap cake that featured Thanos the Mad Titan. They then shifted focus for a few months, working on last edits and marketing for Avengers: Infinity War. With that film out of the way, though, Marvel's attention has returned to Avengers 4.
The reshoots have now begun, so this is a good opportunity to take a look at just what to expect over the coming months. Here's our guide to just what's going on in the post-production of the next Avengers movie.
Last updated: September 24, 2018
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Where Avengers 4 is in Post-Production
Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 shot back-to-back, and that's given Marvel Studios a massive advantage when it comes to the sequel. They have almost a year in which to perfect the film, whether in the editing bay, through reshoots, or VFX and scoring. As Kevin Feige observed, "It’s fun to get a jump, it’s good having already shot the majority of the movie." But notice the careful wording he used; even at this stage, he was well aware that there'd be a fair amount of additional photography, referring to the Russos as having shot "the majority" of the sequel.
The Russos worked on their cut until late June/early July, and then took to the editing room for the normal editing process. "We’ve worked on the edit all summer," Anthony Russo recently confirmed, "and we’re excited to finally get these missing pieces in the film and then we expect to be in post through the fall and winter." There have been reports that additional photography will take place in both New York and Atlanta, and we've begun to get set photos from Atlanta.
The Reshoots Are Happening This Fall, But Aren't Massive
According to the Russos, additional photography will take place over fall and winter. One of the reasons for the longer reshoots is that it seems Marvel hadn't entirely finished production in the first place. "We're not just doing reshoots," Mark Ruffalo explained, "we're going to finish the movie, which we really didn't get to finish totally when we left it last year."
Another reason the additional photography will take a while, though, is because of the staggering number of A-list actors involved in the production; scheduling them all will have been something of an administrative nightmare. Avengers: Infinity War used a stand-in for Benedict Cumberbatch during early filming, for example, with the actor then reshooting scenes where his body double's face was visible; there could well have been similar complications for Avengers 4. Whether that is the case or not, getting all the schedules to align for the reshoots will have been a difficult task as well, likely prolonging the time taken for additional photography.
Speaking to Birth.Movies.Death in July, Kevin Feige suggested that the extra time available for Avengers 4 may well lead to the film changing shape a little.
"We try – what’s the analogy, that a goldfish will grow to the size of the bowl? Ant-Man and the Wasp had very little post and yet we made a lot of strides in post, and we did a lot of very good maneuvering on it with the limited time we had. Avengers 4 has much more time; Ragnarok had much more time and we did a lot. You always fill the time you have. Either you have a lot of time and it really motivates you to think things through, or you have no time, and it really motivates you to think things through!"
Given that production has already begun on Spider-Man: Far From Home, which begins "minutes after" Avengers 4, it's unlikely any of the changes will be too major. At the same time, though, it's possible the delayed production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will lead to some sort of rewrite, albeit a minor one. "That may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4," Dave Bautista recently noted. "To be honest with you, right now I really don't know." It's important to remember that there was a strong culture of secrecy around the production of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, so it's quite possible Bautista wouldn't even know if Marvel did pivot in light of the difficulties they're facing with Guardians Vol. 3.
First reports are that the reshoots include scenes set in Wakanda, possibly even featuring Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther; that's been confirmed by casting calls that hint at Dora Milaje alongside a potential Tom Holland stand-in. This approach would make sense; even Marvel failed to recognize just how big a blockbuster hit Black Panther would be, with principal photography on both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 completed before Black Panther's release. The studio is expected to pivot to put Black Panther at the heart of the future MCU, and this may have caused rewrites to Avengers 4.
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