'Infinity War' Cast May Have Dropped Huge Spoilers For 'Avengers 4'
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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers which may affect your enjoyment of Avengers: Infinity War. If you don't want your superhero fun ruined, why not read about Deadpool having his jokes nicked by Disney or Jamie Foxx being lined up to play Spawn?
Alternatively, you could always watch Benedict Cumberbatch reading Dr Strange fan fiction dredged up from the weirdest corners of the web. Either way, consider yourself warned: spoilers are on their way.
By now, we've all seen Avengers: Infinity War, right? Well, presumably so - after all, it smashed the box office record for most successful opening weekend, knocking the $541 million (£392m) opening of The Fate of the Furious with estimated worldwide takings of $630m (£460m).
The trickiest part now is keeping schtum and avoiding spoilers in front of your mates who've not yet had the pleasure (well, or otherwise, given the dramatic events of the film's near-apocalyptic final scene). With that in mind, it's a shame no one told the film's cast.
Yes, it seems some of Earth's mightiest heroes have been inadvertently letting cats out of bags left, right and centre during the past year - and now we just might have an idea how next year's Avengers 4 will resolve the issue of most of the MCU's best-loved characters literally crumbling into dust.
Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, gave the first clue during promotion for last year's comedy film Rough Night, when she told The Late Show With Stephen Colbert about one scene that didn't actually materialise in Infinity War.
"I think in one particular scene there's like 32 of us, there's a lot," she told the host, suggesting that all the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and more have yet to appear in one huge sequence - and with the two films having been shot back-to-back, it sounds like this could have been saved for the next outing. Not convinced? Hey, there's more.
Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed the two movies, spoke at the Wizard World New Orleans convention back in 2016, saying they have a story outline featuring 67 characters. They described one particular scene as being like 'if you had a comic book and you open it up to your double panel and then you fold it out, and then you folded it out again and again'.
Sounds suspiciously like the sort of enormous scene that might contain all the characters from a huge movie franchise...
And then in April of this year, Sebastian Stan, aka Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, stepped up with this useful nugget.
"There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can't really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there," he told the Independent.
"You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there."
HOLD UP. The last we saw of Samuel L. was in the post-credits scene of Infinity War, as he joined half the cast in disintegrating before floating off into thin air.
And as for Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, they didn't even feature in the most recent Avengers film, but are due to appear in Ant-Man and The Wasp, due for release this July. Neither Ant-Man nor The Wasp appeared in Infinity War either. The plot thickens...
And then there's this photo, released by Marvel Studios to mark their tenth anniversary:
As Yahoo pointed out, there are notable additions and omissions from the cast pictured here (although Pfeiffer, Jackson and Douglas are all there, as are several of the other characters who we were recently told were as dead as we feared).
Plus, it's impossible not to note that this picture appears to have been shot in a film studio, rather than a stereotypical anniversary dinner.
So is this a biggest clue of all? Will some of the deaths be reversed? While it might have seemed like Infinity War was the superhero movie to end all superhero movies, will it be eclipsed by its follow-up in terms of scale? Guess we'll just have to wait and see, true believers.
Roll on May 2019.