Marvel Studios has made up its mind about MCU’s future Avengers 5 project and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel leading it. In the post-pandemic world, the studio is slowly getting back on its feet. The movie and show productions are resuming in Atlanta with more news and rumors coming in every day.
Once upon a time, Marvel Studios had quite a bit reputation of offering low-paying contracts and being difficult to negotiate with. Robert Downey Jr was offered $500,000 for the Iron Man (2008) movie whereas Terrance Lewis took home triple the amount.
But when your movies are the biggest blockbusters, payrolls do change. Fast forward 10 years, Lewis is nowhere to be seen and RDJ raked $75 million for his Avengers: Endgame farewell. To give an idea of the contrast, the rest of the cast of core Avengers went home with $15 million each for their appearances.
Changing The Rules
With the culmination of the Infinity Saga, fans not only bid farewell to RDJ but Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannsson as well. With Thor on his way out, Black Panther rumored to be replaced soon and Sony more than capable of pulling the plug on Spider-Man anytime, Larson is the most potent choice to take the franchise further.
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Last year, rumors surfaced that Larson has asked Marvel for equal pay at par with her male co-stars along with more creative control on her solo movies and top-billing in any future crossover events. Now reports are surfacing that Marvel has granted the Oscar-winning actor her demands. This simply means the any next Avengers crossover will have her name appear first in all the trailers and posters. It also means that Larson will be actively in control of Captain Marvel’s story arc and deciding how her future shapes in Phase 4 and beyond. She would also be getting the higher pay she asked for.
It’s still unclear whether her deal is similar to Marvel magi Robert Downey Jr. Over the years he was portrayed as the face of the team with top-billing spot, highest pay and shaping up Iron-Man’s arch. It was assumed that RDJ was mentoring Tom Holland for the same spot.
The most interesting bit is the ‘top-billing’ part in these deals. While it doesn’t concern the fans, actors’ agents consistently push for it in Hollywood. Apparently, Marvel Studio wanted to keep that offer for Tom Holland as they want to push Spider-Man to the forefront going forward. But it appears Marvel has given in to Larson’s demands.
Avenger 5 in Making
The culmination of Infinity Saga was followed by expectations of Avengers 5. While the studio is nowhere near to repeating the magnum opus, given the studio’s fore-planning it’s a sure thing the plans are being made. However, the pandemic may have delayed the entire MCU phase by a year, but not from a crossover event!
A report by Marvel Scooper Mickey Sutton suggests that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel sequel will feature Spider-Man too. The sequel is said to draw its inspiration from the Secret Invasion storyline where Skrulls secretly infiltrate some of the mightiest heroes in the world. Given the fact that Skrulls are present in both Captain Marvel and Spider-Man, with timelines and some foreshadowing by character interactions in Endgame the leak seems plausible. His report goes further and suggests,
In contrast to the comics, where the villain has the powers of the Fantastic Four, this time he’ll have the web-head’s abilities. The inspiration here is Marvel Team-Up #62, which saw Carol and Peter fight the Super-Skrull together.
Apart from Peter Parker having a significant role to play in Captain Marvel 2, it will also be a Captain America: Civil War kind of crossover event. Ms Marvel who will debut in her own Disney+ series is also said to have an important role to play. Captain Marvel 2 opens up the perfect opportunity to introduce her on the big screen for a future Young Avengers movie.
Moving forward, Captain Marvel 2 is a long shot to figure who gets the top billing – Tom Holland or Brie Larson. Nevertheless, it is certain that Larson is taking her superhero duties more seriously on- and off-screen. And Marvel is paying up!