The 20th MCU film, Ant-Man and The Wasp released earlier this month, and now the ten-years-old franchise is going to reset its universe. Thanos has arrived, and his finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War wiped out half of the life from the universe, but, the real Marvel Studios faces a tougher challenge. The contracts of top actors are reaching an end.
A number of beloved actors joined MCU early on during the franchise’s infancy, accepting mouth-watering and lengthy contracts. It is not unusual for actors to sign deals encompassing multiple movies with the studios, but, it has never been seen that an actor would commit more than ten years of their life to one particular film franchise. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given actors five-film, six-film and in fact, even nine-film deals. Still, despite a contract being spread over several movies, it comes to an end at some point of time.
In fact, the time has caught up with various actors like Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo. While contracts are often reworked, but, if that doesn’t happen, then we would no longer see most of the key Avengers battle it out on the big screen in future films. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding further, we believe some of these actors would love to stay on whereas others might have agreed to do some more movies, but, maybe the studio doesn’t need them to do that.
Here we present to you eight actors leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
1. CHRIS EVANS
Chris Evans made his MCU debut in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger. Despite not being a great success, the film established Evans as a big Marvel star. In fact, he had done well as a Marvel hero in Fox’s film Fantastic Four, but, it was his Captain America performance which made Hollywood take note of him.
Evans signed one of the lengthiest movie deals with Marvel Studios, but, his association will officially come to an end next year with Avengers 4. He told ABC that “by 2019, that’s it.” Fans went berserk and demanded Evans to renegotiate, but, he has probably made up his mind to move on.
2. ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Just like Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. will also exit after Avengers 4, next year. In fact, Evans not only told ABC about the end of his contract but, also said that Downey was also in a similar situation.
Downey has been with the MCU, right from the very first film, Iron-Man (2008). Ever since he has gone on to become the face of Marvel in particular and superhero genre in general.
There is no doubt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be the same without RDJ. We wonder if the next Iron-Man actor would match the expectations.
3. CHRIS HEMSWORTH
At the start of MCU, Marvel needed three leading heroes to take the franchise forward. They happened to be Iron-Man, Captain America, and Thor. First Thor movie hit theaters in 2011, and the audiences were bewitched by Chris Hemsworth. The Australian gave ample proof that he was tailor-made for the role of Thor and he quickly became a fan favorite.
In that same ABC interview, Chris Evans mentioned that Hemsworth’s contract was also ending with Avengers 4.
4. CHRIS PRATT
Chris Pratt has scaled the heights of Marvel ranks quickly, and he is the best-known non-Avengers actor. At the time of the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, Pratt charmed the viewers with his character of Star-Lord and did the same again in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Despite having died in Avengers: Infinity War, he did impress the fans. As per the reports, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be Chris Pratt’s final MCU outing, but, before that, we might see him in Avengers 4. Although Pratt is on his way out, he has expressed a willingness to rework his MCU contract for more films.
5. TOM HIDDLESTON
Loki was the best MCU villain until Thanos happened. Loki took time before becoming a fan favorite, and it was only after The Avengers (2012) that Loki earned the iconic stature. In fact, Loki is as popular among fans as Thor. Despite being an anti-hero, Loki has never deviated far from being the god of mischief.
It is reported that Tom Hiddleston had a six-film deal with Marvel and he has already been seen in five films. This means that Avengers 4 will be his last film as well.
6. SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Although, he hasn’t played as much part in the on-screen happenings as the main Avengers, but, Samuel L. Jackson’s character Nick Fury is unforgettable. Jackson had a nine-film deal with Marvel Studios, and he had debuted in the first Iron-Man film where he first proposed the Avengers initiative to Tony Stark.
After that, we saw Jackson in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War. In total, he has done eight films so far. We don’t know if Jackson will be back in Avengers 4, so the next year’s Captain Marvel is set to be the last movie of the actor’s contract.
7. JEREMY RENNER
Jeremy Renner made his proper MCU debut in The Avengers (2012), but, he had a very brief appearance in Thor (2011) as well. Then we saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as the Captain America: Civil War. He missed being a part of Avengers: Infinity War and now he is expected to be a part of Avengers 4. While there is absolutely nothing about Jeremy Renner’s contract online, there was a story on Vanity Fair which clearly mentioned that his contract comes to an end with Avengers 4. As per the report, Renner had a five-film deal that ends next year.
8. MARK RUFFALO
Yet another Avenger who is on his way out is the Incredible Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo. The actor had a talk with Collider and said that he had a six-film deal which as per Vanity Fair’s report, ends with Avengers 4.
Ruffalo’s MCU debut was in The Avengers (2012). He was briefly seen in a post-credit scene of Iron-Man 3, before returning in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War this year. Thus, his sixth and last film is going to be Avengers 4.
However, he has expressed interest in renewing his contract, so he might stay on for now.