In a similar way to Thor’s transformation in Thor: Ragnarok, many MCU characters will evolve during Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, according to Kevin Feige. Chris Hemsworth’s third solo as the God of Thunder had given the character a significant rejig: by the end of the movie, he had a new costume, less hair, no hammer, no homeworld, no dad, and a patch where the right eye should be. It was a massive overhaul of such an established presence in the MCU.
The Avengers: Infinity War poster has teased a few physical changes for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the next crossover outing: in the eye-catching one-sheet, Chris Evans’ Captain America has a beard, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has blonde hair, and there is a gold tint to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man costume. These changes tie in well with the idea that many characters will be evolving in the next two Avengers movies.
During an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios chief, Kevin Feige had talked about the removal of Thor’s eye during Ragnarok. The decision to remove Thor’s eye was made after a lot of thinking about “what’s fun” and “cool” for the character. Judging by this soundbite from Feige, Marvel Studios has plans to overhaul other characters in the same way:
“There’ll be lots of evolutions for lots of characters over the course of the next two Avengers films.”
As you would expect, Feige does not give much away in this interview about which characters will be evolving and how the changes will play out. It is interesting to hear that Marvel is not resting on its laurels with the iconic stable of heroes. If Ragnarok was a sign of all things to come, the Avengers may end up looking and feeling super different after the next two cinematic outings.
Perhaps the talk of evolution ties into the fan theories about Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye changing his identity to Ronin and Steve Rogers becoming Nomad instead of Captain America. The characters have been in MCU for quite a long time, and it will be pretty cool to see them trying out new things and growing as people.
After all, fans do not want the MCU to stagnate. By evolving the characters in physical and emotional ways during Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, Feige and company can ensure that doesn’t happen.