You get the feeling that a big info dump is about to come from Marvel Studios. That is to be expected as we get closer and closer to Avengers 4 release date. But for now, we have to sniff out tidbits of news where we can.
First off, Frank Grillo was interviewed by the UFC Unfiltered podcast and revealed an interesting factoid about his Crossbones character and Avengers 4:
[Crossbones] makes an appearance in the next Avengers movie, but it’s a flashback. And I’m allowed to say whatever I want because I’m never doing another Marvel movie…because I’m 117 years old.
This adds a bit of clarity to some of the rumors that were circling around after some characters were seen during filming wearing older versions of their costumes. The prevailing rumor was that the characters would be traveling through time, but know we know that there will be one or more flashbacks.
Unless, of course, Grillo was throwing a red herring out at us, which is possible.
Next comes a report from Erick Weber, who attended a special “For Your Consideration” screening of Black Panther and had the chance to ask Kevin Feige a few brief questions. This is what he reported.
OK, here we go, 3 quick questions, answers direct from Kevin Feige's mouth
1) AVENGERS 4 trailer "before the end of the year"
2) Namor COULD make an appearance, still deciding IF & when
3) GUARDIANS 3 status "on hold"
— 𝗘𝗪𝗲𝗯 (@ErickWeber) October 26, 2018
If we are being honest, these aren’t really the bombshells we might have been hoping for. Logically, a trailer for Avengers 4 would hit before the end of the year. That’s typically when trailers hit. And exact date would be better. We could see it as early as next week, before Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Or before Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Or maybe they will debut it before Aquaman.
And Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 would have to be on hold. It does not have a director, and the studio is still trying to extricate itself from the mess it made of the whole situation. It doesn’t seem like we’ll see the film before 2021, if at all.
However, the Namor blurb is interesting. This is the first time Feige hinted that the character making an appearance in the MCU was even a possibility.
But if we do see Namor, don’t expect a solo film. When Feige last talked about the character back in April, it seems like Marvel has the same right agreement with Universal with Namor as it does with Hulk–that Marvel Studios owns the rights to the character but Universal owns the distribution rights. That means if there was to be a solo Namor film, it would have to be released by Universal.
FBOL Head Honcho Rich Drees thinks the ALL CAPS “If” in the tweet means that Marvel is waiting to see how Aquaman does at the box office. That could be true if the studios is wondering if a Namor film is worth the headache of dealing with Universal.