Could ‘Avengers 4’ Involve a Time Travel Plot?

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The plot of Avengers 4 has remained tightly under wraps – we don’t even know the title! But as the comic book movie sequel continues production, secret plot details have inevitably begun to surface.

Since Avengers 4 started production in August 2017, there have been some exciting snapshots of new costumes, gnarly hair cuts, and lots of grim-faced Marvel superheroes. But the most intriguing picture of all — a set photo of Chris Evans in a familiar costume — could have wide-ranging implications for the plot of the fourth Avengers movie, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that follow it.

Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 follow.

What does the future of the MCU look like? A little retro, to be honest. On Wednesday TMZ released a photo of Chris Evans on the set of Avengers 4, clean-shaven and wearing his old Avengers-era Captain America suit. It’s a patriotic outfit that Steve Rogers had shed long ago, since he started working for S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He later repurposed his old World War II fighting outfit, but he never went back to that “old-fashioned” stars and stripes get-up from the first Avengers.

So why is he wearing it in Avengers 4? Well, the most obvious answer would be: time travel.

Yes, that does seem like a huge leap of an answer to a makeover, but like a certain 2017 movie wisely said, Marvel has been giving us all the clues. Nerdist first picked up on it after combing through the costume changes and mysterious Robert Downey Jr. Instagram pictures back in December. First, there was an online photo from Downey Jr. featuring a hole in his shirt for the arc reactor that Tony Stark used to have. Jeremy Renner was seen sporting a costume that looked eerily similar to Hawkeye’s Ronin persona that he may have adopted in a future or altered timeline. Casting calls have been made for scenes possibly set in the ’60s and ’40s. Captain Marvel, whose solo film is set in the ’90s and deals heavily with the quantum realm, will make an appearance in Avengers 4. And Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is also centered around the quantum realm, is reported to have a major impact on the events of Avengers 4.

It all adds up to more than just a few flashbacks. This could mean a whole Back to the Future-style plot where the team jumps through time and space, attempting to change history itself.

Traveling in Time and Space

Okay, this is the part where the theorizing starts. Put on your tinfoil hats.

Avengers 4 will very likely follow Thanos beating the Avengers and finishing the completion of the Infinity Gauntlet, scattering the team into alternate timelines or dimensions in the process. The story could follow them going to key moments in history — the battle of New York in the first Avengers film, the ’90s when Captain Marvel first gains her powers — and attempting to change its course. Or they could be attempting to foil Thanos’ early grasps for the Infinity Stones. This could be a result of the Time Stone that we were first introduced to in Doctor Strange, which Stephen Strange used against Dormammu, or the Avengers could be making use of the quantum realm — a dimension that transcends time and space.

If Avengers 4 does indeed have a time travel plot, this opens up infinite (pun intended) possibilities for the MCU. This could be the universe-shattering event that Kevin Feige and the Anthony and Joe Russo have been hinting at, a whole new chapter for the MCU that involves not just the cosmos, but alternate worlds and alternate dimensions.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 4’ Update, Another ‘Simpsons’ Movie, and Is Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’?

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

Despite appearing in costume as Deathstroke in some footage from the Justice League set, it remains unclear if True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will actually show up in that movie, in Matt ReevesThe Batman, or in nothing at all. THR caught up with him and asked him if he has any info on his status as the assassin character now that Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the Batman solo film, and Manganiello was non-committal:

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

When asked if he knew when we would find out, he replied, “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.” So he’s just reiterating his statements from March, which basically boiled down to, “we’ll see.”

Star Trek 4 Development

Zachary Quinto, the actor plays Spock in the latest iteration of live-action Star Trek films, gave a brief update to Entertainment Tonight about the status of Star Trek 4:

“I’m expecting [the film to come together], but it’s a process. It’s always this way. It’s like, “Yes, we’re going to do it!” But then there are many steps in that process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. [Abrams] on the other end. But yeah, it is a process. There is years between the first few movies – I think four years between the first two and three between the second and the third. So we are kind of on track. It was two years ago we shot the last one and it came out last year so I feel we are still in the strike zone.”

He also said he didn’t think he’d be interested in making a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery, saying “There is an endless combination of possibilities of stories and characters. I don’t feel like they will need me.” Still, he didn’t slam the door entirely on the possibility, so if the right story comes along, we might see his Spock on the small screen.

Baby Driver - Deborah (Lily James) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Baby Driver and Cinderella star Lily James will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! for Universal. She’ll play the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Donna, and the film will bounce back and forth in time “to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski will reprise their roles from the 2008 movie.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

Pamela Adlon, the star and co-creator of the FX comedy Better Things, has joined the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee movie. She’ll play the mother of Hailee Steinfeld’s character in the studio’s first Transformers spin-off film, which is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

Director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The People vs. O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has boarded his new movie Glass, which is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. He ended the message with “#powerhouse,” which could easily be referring to Paulson’s acting abilities or…hear me out…what if she’s playing a superhero named Powerhouse in this movie? GET PUMPED, AMERICA.

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Ten years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters, director David Silverman and producer Al Jean gave an update to EW about a possible sequel:

I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.

I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages. I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great.

Sounds like they’re still recovering from the last one, and while they have some ideas kicking around, I don’t expect to see Another Simpsons Movie (or whatever it ends up being called) any time soon.

the predator cast

While appearing at Comic-Con, Olivia Munn spoke a bit to Yahoo about the upcoming sequel The Predator, which she stars in alongside Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and a handful of others.

“We just wrapped and it comes out next summer. I’m so excited about it. It’s really cool because it’s a standalone. We have the inspiration and we’re in the world of Predator, so we have all the other movies that exist [in that franchise], but we don’t need to acknowledge them. It’s a really cool movie because it feels very present day, and it’s a great ensemble of amazing, funny, comedic actors, too.”

She also talked about the “visceral” and “jarring” experience of seeing the Predator himself on set for the first time, praising the film’s use of practical effects, so that should give fans something to look forward to. The Predator blasts its way into theaters on August 3, 2018.

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‘Avengers 4’ Title is a Spoiler for the Events of ‘Infinity War’

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With the Marvel Cinematic Universe meticulously planned for the next three years, why is Marvel starting to balk at revealing something as inconsequential as a title? Maybe because it’s not so inconsequential.

Avengers: Infinity War is deep in production right now, but very little is known about its follow-up, known only as Avengers 4 — nor is much known about next wave of movies, or “Phase 4,” that the film is supposed to kick off. Now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is hinting that the title for Avengers 4 has yet to be revealed because it’s a major spoiler for the events of Infinity War. As for Marvel’s Phase 4? Feige doesn’t even know if it should be called that.

The fourth Avengers film and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers 4 was originally titled Avengers: Infinity War Part II, presented as an immediate follow-up to 2018’s Infinity War.

But after Anthony and Joe Russo signed on to direct both Avengers sequels, that subtitle was removed from the film. With news that Avengers 4 will not be filmed in conjunction with Infinity War — which would have been done if it was still the second in a two-parter — it lives up to Feige’s insistence that the two are completely different movies.

In an interview with Cinemablend, Feige cryptically spoke on Infinity War‘s connection to Avengers 4:

“They’re two very different movies. That’s all I’ll say.”

When asked if the conspicuous lack of a subtitle had to do with potential spoilers for Infinity War, Feige responded, “Yeah, for sure.”

It’s a lot to read into, but up until now, Marvel has been almost painfully transparent about their film and TV plans, announcing schedules and Phases five to 10 years ahead of time. With the events of the past three Phases coming to a head with the face-off against the MCU’s ultimate Big Bad, Thanos, the future of the Marvel movies after Infinity War is unclear.

Feige is vague on whether the fourth Phase starting with Avengers 4 can be called Phase 4 at all. In an interview with Collider he spoke about the future of the MCU, and admitted that the next two Avengers films will give a sense of conclusion to the MCU.

“Certainly as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

What does this mean? Does this mean the end for the MCU proper and the Marvel movies will diffuse into separate solo films, never to team up again? Probably not…even though the key reason for a major team-up will be diffused once the dust has settled after the next Avengers movies. The build-up since Iron Man flew into theaters in 2008 and jump-started the MCU has been of getting the Avengers together, breaking them apart, and ultimately bringing them together to battle Thanos over the Infinity Stones — which have been scattered throughout the cosmos and nearly every MCU solo and team-up film. With that end-goal supposedly no longer a factor after Infinity War, what do the Avengers have to avenge?

We won’t know much until Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018, assembling both the members of the Avengers as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The expansive confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Meanwhile Avengers 4 will follow Infinity War in theaters soon after, dropping on May 3, 2019.

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Zachary Quinto on ‘Star Trek 4’: ”There’s No Guarantee” It Will Happen

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News of Star Trek 4 officially being in development first surfaced last summer. Producer J.J. Abrams confirmed work on the sequel and revealed it would somehow bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, the father of James T. Kirk who perished in exciting opening sequence of the first installment of the reboot that established a whole new timeline in the Star Trek universe. Since then all we’ve heard is vague hype about the sequel, and it sounds like the cast is unsure whether it will actually happen.

In a recent interview, Star Trek franchise star Zachary Quinto says that he’s still waiting for the script to be completed, and despite being hopeful that he’ll be able to reprise his role as Mr. Spock, the movie doesn’t seem to have been greenlit yet. Find out more about Star Trek 4 development after the jump.

Zachary Quino recently appeared on The Today Show to discuss his lower profile drama Aardvark, and discussion eventually turned to Star Trek 4. Here’s what the actor had to say:

“I know that they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves. … I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantee.”

To be fair, when it comes to development on these projects, actors usually don’t know what’s going with the movie unless they’re also producers. The actors aren’t really needed until there’s a script finished for them to get in front of the camera and shoot. Quinto seems to be in the same boat that Chris Pine is when he said this about three weeks ago when he was asked about the state of Star Trek 4:

“I am literally one of the last people to find out. Costume designers find out before me. Prop people find out before me. I can’t wait to make the film. I love everyone in the film. You know that. I love the world. I will be back as many times as they ask me. I love the tall man they call Thor. I’ll do this film. If you can talk to [Star Trek producer] J.J. [Abrams] for me, please do. Let him tell me. I’d like to find out so I can plan my life.”

More than likely, Paramount Pictures isn’t in a rush to get the script done and they want to make sure they have something worth making before they get the rest of the pieces in place. The good news is that Chris Hemsworth said the pitch for the movie is “amazing” and J.J. Abrams says it might be his “favorite Star Trek story that we’ve had.” So if that’s true, Paramount will want to greenlight it.

Despite the positivity, there is some reasonable uncertainty as to whether or not Star Trek 4 will get made. Though Star Trek Beyond wasn’t exactly a disappointment at the box office when it pulled in over $ 343 million last year, it’s significantly less than the $ 467 million that Star Trek Into Darkness made in 2013, showing the studio that interest in the franchise may be waning.

As of now, it doesn’t sound like Star Trek 4 is definitively in trouble, but it’s merely still in development (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were apparently working on the script most recently). When working on a film, actors don’t often like to count their chickens before they’re hatched, so Zachary Quinto is probably just playing it safe by keeping hype in check. With no release date set (as far as we know), Star Trek 4 doesn’t have to hit any specific deadline to start shooting, but hopefully we’ll get an update on the sequel soon.

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Sequel Bits: ‘War For the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Alien: Covenant,’ Bond 25,

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Matt Reeves talks about one of the new characters in War For the Planet of the Apes.
  • A weird new poster for Alien: Covenant arrives.
  • Don Rickles had not recorded his lines for Toy Story 4 before he passed away.
  • Mission: Impossible 6 begins filming and adds another actor.
  • Sharknado 5 will debut this summer for some reason.
  • Demian Bichir will star in The Nun.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reveals new character posters.
  • Is Jeffrey Wright teasing a Bond 25 role?
  • A series of video teasers for Transformers: The Last Knight.

A new image from War For the Planet of the Apes was released via USA Today (see above), and with it comes this quote from director Matt Reeves, who spoke about Amiah Miller’s character – a human girl named Nova:

The war has been so brutal and has brought him to places where he has these feelings about humans that he’s never had, and yet there’s this other part of us that knows that, for the lack of a better word, because it’s really about empathy, there is a humanity to Caesar that is just inescapable. And so the girl represents a part of himself that he has to push away if he’s going to be fierce.

alien covenant korean poster This Korean poster for Alien: Covenant is deeply weird and one of the worst examples of photoshopped floating heads we’ve ever seen! I’m not sure how it manages to pull both of those off at the same time, but here we are. That tagline roughly translates as “What will be the end of mankind?”, suggesting that Michael Fassbender’s David is just as dangerous as the Xenomorph.

Don Rickles Toy Story 4

The legendary comedian Don Rickles passed away last week at the age of 90. And unfortunately, he was unable to reprise one of his most famous roles: Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Rickles had not recorded his lines for Pixar’s upcoming sequel, which is still being written. This will not the best first time the series has recast a major character following the death of an actor – the late Jim Varney was replaced by Blake Clark for Toy Story 3.

Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to reveal that Mission: Impossible 6 has begun filming, making him the first director in the series’ 21-year history to helm more than one entry. Meanwhile, Supergirl actor Frederick Schmidt has joined the cast in an unknown role.

sharknado 5 Because the world is an ugly and uncaring place, Syfy has announced that Sharknado 5 will premiere on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. The plot of this one involves a “global sharknado” arriving to obliterate the entire planet. The ongoing success of these movies (cynically made garbage produced solely to create the illusion of a “bad” movie) is the greatest argument for burning down pop culture as a whole.

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‘The Purge 4’ Gets a Summer 2018 Release Date, But Needs a New Director

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Even though last year’s The Purge: Election Year wrapped up the series pretty nicely withe a political victory being the first step into having The Purge abolished and the New Founding Fathers of America put in their place, it still left the window open for chaos to return to the streets when those in support of The Purge were said to be taking to the streets with violent protest. Now we’ll get to see what happens next.

The Purge 4 has been confirmed to be in development at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes, and it’ll get another prime summer release date in 2018. However, the franchise will need a new director, because James DeMonaco won’t be getting back behind the camera this time. Find out more below.

The Hollywood Reporter announced The Purge 4 has been set for July 4, 2018 release, giving it another prime weekend to make some box office bank. The Purge has only grown in popularity as the series has gone on. The first film in the series grossed just over $ 89 million worldwide, while The Purge: Anarchy followed it up with almost $ 112 million. Then The Purge: Election Year became the most successful with over $ 118 million worldwide. Can The Purge 4 keep up the trend, especially up against Ant-Man and the Wasp, slated to arrive July 6?

The interest in the next installment of the series will likely be determined by where the story goes from here. Now that the people have won their victory in politics in an attempt to get The Purge outlawed, those in support of the New Founding Fathers of America are only going to get more desperate in their attempts to keep control over the lower classes. Considering Election Year took cues from our then-current political climate for inspiration, it’ll be interesting to see how they take recent events into consideration for the development of the fictional universe.

The script for The Purge 4 will still be written by James DeMonaco, and even though he’s not directing, he’ll help producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Sébastien K. Lemercier find a director to take over the reins. Frankly, my potential interest lies almost entirely in what the story will be, but the right director could help get me on board too. For some reason, the first name I thought of to replace DeMonaco was Predators helmer Nimrod Antal, but if you have any other suggestions, sound off in the comments.

We’re not sure if this sequel could offset the timeline for a potential TV series adaptation of The Purge to still happen, but time will tell.

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