The biggest superhero film ever has an astonishingly large cast, but what will they all do when it’s over?
Avengers: Infinity War is mere days away. It’s been anticipated for years, and due to the sheer amount of films that have led up to it, has one of the most ridiculously huge, star-studded casts imaginable. Some of them are bound to be little more than cameos, but still, it’s an unfeasibly massive cast of big, big stars.
But what about after the extremely long credits have rolled? What then for the flippin’ loads of Avengers?
Some have packed schedules for years afterwards, some less so. Some will show up in the mysterious sequel, some will kick the bucket in this one. Who’s doing what, when?
A warning: this is a long list. “Is it, would you say, too long?” you could ask, to which you would receive the very tired reply, “Yeah, I reckon”.
Dave Bautista (Drax)
The former wrestler has been in steady demand since the first Guardians Of The Galaxy, balancing supporting roles in huge movies with leads in direct-to-video titles. After Infinity War he’s got a few interesting projects in the pipeline.
There’s Hotel Artemis, a John Wick-like action thriller set in a hospital for criminals, written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce and starring Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella and Jeff Goldblum. Then there’s Final Score, a Die Hard-like action thriller set in an American football stadium taken over by terrorists, co-starring Thor’s Ray Stevenson. He’s also filming two back-to-back sequels to the Schwarzenegger/Stallone action thriller Escape Plan, because he bloody loves action thrillers, filling the giant muscly void left by the non-returning Schwarzenegger, before returning for the untitled Avengers sequel.
Paul Bettany (Vision)
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
Marvel are doing a fine job of pretending that they’re not making a Black Panther sequel as soon as they get the chance, but come on, they’re making a Black Panther sequel as soon as they get the chance. You don’t make that much money on a film and think “Yeah, that’s that”. As such, Boseman’s schedule is suspiciously free. Not for long!
Josh Brolin (Thanos)
Josh Brolin is a busy bee indeed. After Infinity War he’ll show up in Marvel’s other cinematic universe, punching Deadpool in the head a lot of times as Cable in Deadpool 2. He’s set to reprise the role in at least three more X-Men-adjacent films over the next few years.
Later this summer he’ll appear in The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter, a comedy with Danny McBride. He’s also got Sicario: Day Of The Soldado coming out. SO MUCH JOSH BROLIN.
Don Cheadle (War Machine)
Oscar nominee Cheadle is set to follow the Avengers one-two with Prince Of Darkness, a biopic about Jeremiah Hamilton, Wall Street’s first black millionaire.
Hamilton led a fascinating life, from a penniless childhood in Haiti to amassing a quarter of a billion dollars while experiencing all the prejudices America had to offer - one large section of his fortune came from investing in railways he wasn’t legally allowed to use due to his skin colour. There is no release date for the project as yet, but it sounds fascinating.
Bradley Cooper (Rocket) and Vin Diesel (Groot)
After Infinity War, Cooper will be seen starring with Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, the third remake of the 1937 film (the second remake, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristoffersson, is probably the best known incarnation).
Vin Diesel has two more Fast & Furious films in the pipeline, as well as a Riddick sequel (Furia) and a fourth xXx film. And then, let’s be honest with ourselves, eighteen more Fast & Furiouses.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)
Benedict Cumberbatch is in everything. Think of the last time you saw a film that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t in. Hasn’t happened in aaaages. The next few years are no less busy for him, with projects including Rogue Male (assassinations!), The Man In The Rockefeller Suit (con-srtistry!), Magik (otherworldly evil!), Gypsy Boy (bare-knuckle boxing!), Mowgli (tigers!), Rio (mourning!) and The Grinch (non-festiveness!)
Robert Downey, Jr (Iron Man)
Infinity War marks, amazingly, the ninth appearance of RDJ as Iron Man. Madness. He is currently filming The Voyage Of Doctor Doolittle, which will reunite him with wee Spider-Man Tom Holland (sort of - Downey will be on screen while Holland is voicing a dog). The Doctor Doolittle books were previously adapted very loosely for the Eddie Murphy films, pretty much taking the name and the talking-to-animals schtick and that’s it - this adaptation will be sticking much more closely to the original Victorian-set stories. The film is due out in April 2019.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) has no non-Marvel films planned, but is rumoured to be appearing in Ryan Murphy’s new TV show The Politician, alongside Barbra Streisand (two Streisand mentions in an article about a film that is mainly explosions: fun).
Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) has a lot on his plate, including a sequel to Chef, a sequel to The Jungle Book, and the live-action adaptation of The Lion King. The Lion King is the only one with a release date so far, and is due out in July 2019.
Chris Evans (Captain America)
Chris Evans (not that one) is set to appear in The Red Sea Diving Resort, based on the true story of the evacuation from Sudan to Israel of Ethiopian Jews in 1981. Sir Ben Kingsley (from Iron Man 3) will co-star. He’s said that, when he leaves the role of Steve Rogers behind, he wants to focus on directing, which is all well and good but possibly a waste of being really, really hench.
Karen Gillan (Nebula)
Gillan has just released her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, and has parts in a few completed indie films awaiting release - drama All Creatures Here Below, and comedy Alex & The List. A sequel to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has also just been announced, in which she’ll reprise her role of Ruby Roundhouse.
Danai Gurira (Okoye)
While Gurira doesn’t officially have any films in the pipeline, she’s a shoo-in for the inevitable Black Panther sequel. She’s also currently starring in The Walking Dead, which is filming its ninth season at the moment, as katana-toting Michonne.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Asgard’s most mantastic son will appear in the upcoming Bad Times At The El Royale, a 1960s-set thriller from Cloverfield and Cabin In The Woods’ Drew Goddard. He’s also strongly rumoured to be starring in the Men In Black spinoff (reuniting him with Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson) and the next Star Trek film, reprising his role as George Kirk (Captain Kirk’s deceased father) through some sort of sci-fi time-travel shenanigans.
Tom Hiddleston (Loki) appears to have no plans. He’ll probably do a play or something.
Idris Elba (Heimdall) releases his directorial debut, Yardie, this summer. He’s also got a new Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, in the offing, in which he plays a DJ charged with looking after a famous pal’s daughter.
Tom Holland (Spider-Man)
Tom Holland has a lot on his plate. There’s a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming in the works (as well as a possible cameo in the role in Venom), and he’s starring in a new franchise, Chaos Walking, based on a bestselling YA trilogy. He’s also lending his voice to a dog in Robert Downey Jr’s Doctor Doolittle and a Q-esque figure to Will Smith’s superspy in the animated Spies in Disguise.
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
Will they ever actually get round to making a Black Widow solo film? They really need to. It’s nonsensical that there still aren’t official plans for one, although Marvel are being a bit cagey about everything that happens post Infinity War. It could still happen, and manifestly should.
In the meantime, Scarlett Johansson is starring in Noah Baumnach’s as-yet-untitled new film with Adam Driver and Laura Dern, out on November 30th via Netflix. She’s also starring alongside Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi in Jojo Rabbit, a World War Two comedy drama about a mother whose son hallucinates an imaginary friend based on, er, Hitler.
Pom Klementieff (Mantis)
At the moment, the only thing after Infinity War for Mantis is Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, due out in 2020. That seems bonkers considering how much of Vol 2 she absolutely stole in her scenes with Drax - she’ll undoubtedly pop up in loads more stuff (potentially including that all-female Marvel team-up film that is constantly rumoured), she’s great.
Anthony Mackie (Falcon)
Anthony Mackie has loads of irons in the fire. Later this year he has The Hate U Give (a drama about the repercussions of a police shooting), Io (a post-apocalyptic, let’s-abandon-the-planet tale), Signal Hill (about Johnnie Cochran’s early days), Against All Enemies (about an actress who becomes involved in the civil rights struggle in the ‘60s) and The Blue Mauritius (a heist movie about a gang nicking the most expensive stamp in the world). Phew!
Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch)
This autumn, Olsen will be starring in Sorry For Your Loss, a black comedy series about a grieving widow, co-starring Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran. It’s set to premiere on Facebook Watch, which is likely to be really big by the end of this year.
Chris Pratt (Star-Lord)
The handsome man with the funny surname will show up in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom later on this summer, before dusting off his Magnificent Seven cowboy hat for Western The Kid. He’s also got the third Guardians, the sequel to The Lego Movie and the long-gestating comic-book project Cowboy Ninja Viking in the offing.
Mark Ruffalo (Hulk)
In November, Ruffalo will appear in Newsflash, covering the events surrounding the news coverage of John F Kennedy’s assassination, playing producer Don Hewitt. He’s rumoured to be playing another real-life role shortly afterwards, in The True American, the story of an American terrorist in the days following 9/11 who, determined to kill Muslims, shot a Bangladeshi Air Force officer.
Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
Between her Guardians Of The Galaxy character Gamora (who is appearing in Vol 3 in 2020) and her Avatar character Neytiri, appearing in back-to-back sequels in 2020 and 2021, Saldana’s schedule for the next few years is sewn up with wacky-coloured space adventures.
Sebastian Stan (White Wolf)
The most “Ah, it’s that guy, who’s that guy? He’s in something, but what?” member of the Avengers, Sebastian Stan has his fingers in a lot of upcoming pies. Later this year, he’ll star in the big-screen adaptation of The Woman In Black author Shirley Jackson’s horror novel We Have Always Lived In The Castle, as well as war drama The Last Full Measure co-starring Samuel L. Jackson. He also joins Nicole Kidman and Toby Kebbell in indie crime drama Destroyer.
Benedict Wong (Wong)
The man pleasingly responsible for loads of film reviews featuring the words “Wong (Wong)” has always been a really busy actor, and post-Infinity War that’s not likely to change. He’s in Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, a sci-fi project 20 years in the making, alongwide Will Smith and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, to be released in October 2019, and will be starring in Deadly Class, a TV series based on a comic book series about trainee assassins, reuniting him with Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
Letitia Wright (Shuri)
Leitita Wright isn’t currently scheduled to be in any movies after Infinity War other than the untitled Avengers followup, but she’s had a pretty good 2018 so far (Black Panther, Ready Player One and a small role in the Liam Neeson-punches-people flick The Commuter, plus Infinity War, and it’s only April) so she’s allowed a bit of a breather. There’s also, as noted several times above, no way they’re not going to make as many Black Panther films as they can get away with…
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