The use of unexplained resurrections of dead characters can ruin a story’s value. Star Wars fell into this trap with Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, and now the MCU may be heading down the same path. According to a recent article by Variety titled “Crisis at Marvel: Jonathan Majors Back-Up Plans, ‘The Marvels’ Reshoots, Reviving Original Avengers and More Issues Revealed,” there are reports of behind-the-scenes trouble at Marvel Studios.
According to sources, Marvel’s main worry is Jonathan Majors, who portrays the main antagonist Kang and is currently facing charges of domestic violence in a highly-publicized trial. A negotiator described the situation as “Marvel is in trouble with the whole Kang storyline.” It’s certainly a difficult situation to navigate.
In case Kang gets the boot, who will take his place? Variety reports that there are discussions to feature the OG crew in a new “Avengers” flick. That means bringing back Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), even though they were both killed off in “Endgame.”
It seems that this is a path they are seriously contemplating, but it also carries a substantial cost.
However, the studio has not yet confirmed its willingness to pursue this notion. It would prove to be an expensive endeavor to bring back those actors. According to sources, Downey Jr. received a substantial upfront salary of approximately $25 million for his role in “Iron Man 3.”
If Marvel Studios were to bring back Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff, it would undoubtedly create a frenzy of publicity and excitement. However, it would also diminish the emotion and significance of their farewells in Avengers: Endgame. Despite branding themselves as the “House of Ideas,” resurrecting these characters would suggest a lack of fresh inspiration. Instead of dwelling on the past, Marvel should focus on introducing new heroes to the MCU, such as the X-Men who have yet to make an appearance. There is an abundance of untapped potential within the Marvel universe that could be explored without relying on past successes.