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The death of Iron Man and Captain America’s decision to stay in the past and grow old with Peggy Carter at the end of Avengers: Endgame means that there is now a seismic hole in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Considering the work that Kevin Feige and his Marvel cohorts have done over the last decade, it is safe to say that the void left by Iron Man and Captain America will easily be filled by the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the legion of other comic-book characters that they now have on their roster.
But, considering the popularity of the characters, you couldn’t blame the team over at Marvel Studios if they were tempted to bring alternate versions of Iron Man and Captain America back into the fold at some point down the line.
Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, have now firmly dismissed that idea, though.
During their recent appearance at San Diego Comic-Con the pair were quizzed about the chances of alternate versions of Iron Man and Captain America appearing in future films, and, according to Screen Rant, Joe Russo adamantly insisted, “No, not possible.”
These thoughts were echoed by Marvel screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who earlier in the day were quizzed about the chances of the MCU incorporating parallels universes.
“It clearly exists, because Doctor Strange has talked all about it and it’s part of the fabric of that. This may be where I disagree with Marvel and where they’re going. I have no idea where Kevin Feige is going,” McFeely explained, via Indiewire.
“I don’t know what’s happening tomorrow, but I’m a big believer in stakes. If you tell me that I can just go get another Natasha and another Tony and keep rolling, particularly my grandma’s gonna go, ‘Well, why did I watch that?'”
“Particularly in a movie where we are very much heading toward some final resolutions, toward things ending and people leaving, if you go, ‘Well, there are 75 billion Tonys out there!’ your drama is going to suffer,” added Markus.