As for the others, Marvel Entertainment always battled the reputation of being cheap when it comes to paying its talent and directors, an issue Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige frequently butted heads about with Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter. That all changed last year when Ike was pushed out of Marvel Studios, left to focus on the TV and comics divisions while Feige solidified his position as top dog on the film front, reporting directly to Disney studio boss Alan Horn.

That means Feige can spend and keep talent happy, building on his close relationships with the actors who already have direct lines of communication with him on all the projects. That means after Avengers: Infinity War, many of the stars we thought were on their way out, could be around for more solo movies and team-ups, or supporting roles that could see them return in a big way when needed.

Given the box office bombing and critical pannings of some of the non-Marvel roles some of these actors had in the last years (looking at you, Mr. Hemsworth, with Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea), we have a feeling these stars may realize the importance to their careers to keep a successful, fan-heavy franchise on their resume.

It’s the best of both worlds, keeping familiar, marketable faces around without forcing actors through lengthy productions and press tours. It gives the studio more options for Phase 4 and beyond.

Marvel Phase 4 Logo Rob Keyes Avengers: Infinity War Will Focus More on Secondary Characters

As for which secondary characters the Russos are referring to? We assume that means heroes who don’t have their own solo franchises, meaning more Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine, Wasp, Vision, Scarlet Witch, etc., pending who’s still alive and able after the Infinity War conflict. That could even include Marvel TV heroes from the Secret Warriors (see: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC) and The Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher, Elektra, etc.).

Joe Russo’s words also match early rumors about Avengers: Infinity War where some reports indicated that the first part of the two-movie saga wouldn’t really include any of the original Avengers outside of Iron Man instead focusing on the likes of secondary characters and newcomers (Spider-Man!) joining the MCU in Phase 3. Part 2 would then see everyone return for the grand finale.

This still fits what we know about Phase 3 in that Thor and Hulk will be on an off-world adventure exploring the cosmic Nine Realms side of the MCU in Thor: Ragnarok, and several original Avengers may be out of the picture after Captain America: Civil War, leaving the door open for characters in Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel to take the spotlight, forming the “New Avengers” just in time to battle Thanos in Infinity War.

Next: 25 Movies Marvel Studios Should Consider For Phase 4

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: CB

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