By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Marvel Studios has had one major hit after another, with nary a single box office misstep. They’ve given actors and directors a chance to become household names, and have even helped rehabilitate some careers, such as Robert Downey Jr.
With everything that’s going well over at Marvel, you would think it was just a matter of time before the folks at Warner Bros. (DC) and Fox (X-Men universe) started hiring the talent for their superhero movies. And you’d be right, as both Joss Whedon and Josh Brolin have been basically poached from the Marvel stables.
In the case of Joss Whedon, the director already stepped away from Marvel after helming The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus launching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios president Keven Feige revealed that he knew Whedon would be working for a rival DC project about Batgirl months in advance. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him. And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”
Having a director who has already left the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one thing, but what about an actor who has yet to really play his big role? Josh Brolin was cast as Thanos in 2014, and that is the biggest bad guy in the MCU to date. However, Fox just cast the actor to play Cable in Fox’s Deadpool 2, and, almost certainly, the X-Force films. Surely, there’s something in Brolin’s contract that doesn’t let him do that right? Not so, according to Feige.
“We don’t have anything written into our contracts about other roles that people can do. Indiana Jones and Han Solo are the same person… it hasn’t been a problem. And I think Thanos and Cable are two very different characters.”
There’s also the added benefit that Thanos will be realized using computer animation, with Brolin in a motion capture suit, and hints of his features in the character. It’s hard to recognize James Spader as Ultron, so I think it should be equally as difficult noticing any similarities between a cyborg mutant and a giant purple alien.
Avengers: Infinity War will premiere in theaters on May 4, 2018, followed by the untitled Avengers 4, which will come out a year later on May 3, 2019. Deadpool 2 is set for release in 2018, while there is no set release date for Batgirl.