‘The Avengers’ Almost Introduced These Major Phase 4 Characters into the MCU

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Marvel Studios panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Avengers: Endgame wraps up the looming risk of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) quest for the Infinity Stones and serves as a farewell for a number of key heroes. But Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe guarantees to inject some new ones into the combo. Two of essentially the most pivotal characters, because it seems, almost appeared as early as 2012’s The Avengers.  

The Marvel Studios panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
The Marvel Studios panel on the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Marvel Studios has regularly expanded the MCU roster of heroes

Looking again on greater than a decade of storytelling, Marvel Studios really did construct the MCU piece by piece. Phase 1, as an illustration, targeted on establishing the unique six Avengers. The 4 marquee heroes every bought a minimum of one solo film apiece earlier than their massive team-up. 

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow had a supporting function in Iron Man 2. And Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye made a cameo look in Thor. So, by the point The Avengers began, MCU followers have been already within the learn about all the important thing gamers, even the villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Phases 2 and three then expanded the MCU to incorporate the cosmic and mystical sides of the Marvel universe. Along with that got here heroes like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But Phase 1 almost jumped the gun.

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‘The Avengers’ virtually teased a villain who debuted in ‘Iron Man 3’

According to Bleeding Cool, producer Chris Fenton’s new e-book reveals Marvel almost included Shang-Chi or The Mandarin in The Avengers. As president of the Chinese-based DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, Fenton labored to get American films launched in China. The nation is a big market. In reality, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron featured further footage within the Chinese model of the film to cater to that viewers.

At one level, DMG was in talks to co-produce The Avengers with Marvel. And the plan would have included a particular teaser on the finish of the film completely for the Chinese market. The dialogue leaned towards Shang-Chi, attributable to issues over stereotypes tied to The Mandarin. However, the deal fell by way of. Ironically, The Mandarin — or, a minimum of, some model of him — did seem within the very subsequent MCU movie, Iron Man 3.

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will characteristic each

The Mandarin performed by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 is in the end revealed to be a fabrication. But the MCU has since established the actual villain does exist and remains to be at giant. And now, with Phase Four about to start, followers will lastly meet the true Mandarin for the very first time. And he’s set to face off in opposition to none apart from Shang-Chi himself.

The first Asian lead within the MCU, Simu Liu stars in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In that film, Tony Leung may also debut as The Mandarin almost a decade after the character talks of together with him in The Avengers. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s movie — a key a part of Marvel’s Phase Four plan — is at the moment set for a May 2021 launch.

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