With reshoots for Untitled Avengers Movie, a.k.a. Avengers 4, about to get underway later this month, MCU fans might be thinking that they’ll soon see some leaks about how Anthony and Joe Russo‘s closing chapter of their Infinity War story shakes out. The issue is, at the moment, even the cast doesn’t quite know for sure how it all ends up. That’s in part because the reshoots may very well be to shore up some areas of the 2019 film that need to be revisited, or they might a clever way to obfuscate the true ending by muddling it all up with other shots. But it also seems like the reshoot schedule will also be used to finish principal production on the film itself and bring it to a close.
In a chat with “The Marvelists” podcast, star Mark Ruffalo revealed that the reshoots are more than your usual reshoots, which means that, for an MCU film, the speculation and scrutiny they undergo will be more than the usual, as well. The end of Avengers 4 is in flux for a lot of reasons, so the (un)usual tactic of supplying the cast with dummy scripts to prevent leaks might not even be necessary now. We’ll get more into the reasons for the well-managed chaos, but first, a word from the Hulk.
Here’s what Ruffalo said on the podcast about their current schedule (via The Playlist):
“Well we’re doing reshoots starting in September. And then we’ll go back into the international tour, we’ll go on tour… Then you guys will get [‘Avengers 4’]. Which we don’t even know what it’s gonna be yet. We’re not just doing reshoots, we’re going to finish the movie, which we really didn’t get to finish totally when we left it last year.”
He went on to say that they’re shooting multiple takes on certain scenes, not just for coverage or performance but to try different things out (THR):
“Some of [the decision making process regarding plot] is happening while we’re there. It’s pretty amazing. And we’ll shoot some stuff and a few days later come back and reshoot it cause we wanna take it in another direction. It’s a very living organism, even as we approach it being a locked picture, we’re still working on it.”
One wonders just how much of the movies’ script was locked to begin with and how much has changed in the wake of things transpiring in the real world.
With Disney’s decision to fire James Gunn, the architect and helmer of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, not only is got GV3 on hold, but the end of Avengers 4 may now have to be tweaked because of the shake-up. Franchise star Dave Bautista, a vocal supporter of Gunn, told Digital Spy that he’s certainly still in Avengers 4:
“It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for ‘Guardians.’ ’Guardians 3’ is really up in the air and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in ‘Avengers 4.’ To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know. But I know I’m in ‘Avengers 4.’ I’ve shot most of it already. I do have two days of reshoots. But other than that, I have some really great scenes that I hope they use. But I guess that it remains to be seen what they’ll do with the characters.”
Elsewhere, it looks like another Stark may make an appearance in Avengers 4 as well. If That Hashtag Show is to be believed, John Slattery may have filmed a scene for the upcoming movie as well. Obviously, for the elder Stark to appear, it’d either have to be in a flashback scene or archival footage, or perhaps some sort of time-travel trickery. Either way, the site cautions that the scene may never make it into the final film and that it may end up on the cutting-room floor, so to speak. Or maybe it never actually happened to begin with. Time will tell.
And we’ll see just how this chapter of the MCU ends when Untitled Avengers Movie arrives May 3, 2019.