Marvel Studios considers reviving Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson for an "Avengers" movie, but the high cost and potential impact on storytelling raise concerns.
Sometimes, when a character who was supposed to be dead suddenly comes back to life, it can make a story less exciting. Remember how in Star Wars, they brought back Palpatine in 'The Rise of Skywalker'? Well, it seems like Marvel might be heading down a similar path.
Variety recently published an article titled "Crisis at Marvel: Jonathan Majors Back-Up Plans, ‘The Marvels’ reshoots, Reviving Original Avengers and More Issues Revealed." In this article, they claim to have some inside information about the problems Marvel Studios is facing behind the scenes.
One of the major concerns mentioned in the article is about Jonathan Majors, who plays the main villain, Kang, and is also dealing with some high-profile legal issues related to domestic violence. A person referred to as a "dealmaker" in the article summed it up by saying: "Marvel is truly in a tough spot with the whole Kang angle." That's a big problem.
So, if they decide to drop Kang as the villain, who will they choose to replace him? According to Variety, there have been discussions about bringing back the original Avengers for a new movie. This would mean bringing back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, even though both of them were supposed to be dead after 'Endgame.'
This is a serious option they are considering, but it comes with a hefty price tag. As the article mentions: "But the studio hasn’t yet committed to the idea — if it were able to bring those actors back, it wouldn’t come cheap. Sources say Downey Jr.’s upfront salary for “Iron Man 3” was around $25 million."
Bringing Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff back would definitely create a lot of buzz and excitement, but it would also take away from the emotional impact of their farewells in 'Avengers: Endgame.' Marvel Studios often presents itself as the "House of Ideas," but if they go through with this, it might seem like they've run out of fresh ideas.
There are still plenty of Marvel heroes who haven't made it to the big screen in the MCU. So, instead of bringing back characters from the past, why not focus on introducing new and exciting ones, like the X-Men?"