The rumor mill is on fire after The Daily Marvelite’s latest “scoop,” that Avengers 3 will be split into two films. Apparently the battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) is too massive to be contained by just one film, so the story will be Peter Jacksoned, leaving fans to wonder whether Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. will still be around for the party.
Kevin Feige seemed to indicate the third Avengers installment will be taking the MCU’s scheduled May 4th, 2018 release date. Both Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have Marvel contracts that currently run through Avengers 3, so if the rumored split is true, the actors could be in a pretty strong negotiating position — or, their gigs might just be up. TDM did thrown in toward the end of their claim that it’s also possible the Thanos battle will be carried on in a crossover film; perhaps a future Guardians of the Galaxy entry, or a separate “event movie” that might take the May 3, 2019 MCU future film date.
“What our source has not clarified is if Avengers 3 in itself will be a two part movie, or if it is the story that will be split into two, with the first part being Avengers 3 with a conclusion leading to a massive event movie where earth’s mightiest heroes will join the Guardians of the Galaxy to take down Thanos. The latter certainly bodes well with what Vin Diesel let slip months ago that Marvel is planning some sort of ‘merging of brands’ for its Phase 3: ‘A great meeting. It was even talking about something so big I can’t even talk about because it’s like the merging of brands in a way, which I won’t get into. That was something way, way, way, way, way down the road.’ said Diesel about his meeting with Marvel studios.”
Sounds like there’s plenty of speculating room here; I’d be more inclined to see this as a crossover opportunity, rather than an Avengers 3 split, but I haven’t been offered a job planning out the MCU schedule, so…
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Russia (!) announced the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer will be attached to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which hits theaters November 7th.