Daily Marvelite is reporting that Marvel's Avengers 3, currently without release date (but probably May 2018), will follow the trend set by Harry Potter, Edward Cullen and Katniss Everdeen by splitting into two films. Earlier this year Marvel booked a May 3rd, 2019 release date for an unknown mystery film, and if this rumor is true it will most likely be Avengers 3: Pt 2.
While normally the splitting of one movie into two feels like a frustrating ploy for a quick cash grab, in this case, it might be warranted. By the time May 2018 roles around, Marvel will have introduced potentially 14 Avengers (from Iron Man to rumors of Captain Marvel), three or four SHIELD agents, at least five Guardians of the Galaxy, and their four "street-level" heroes in the upcoming Netflix deal. The sheer number of heroes coupled with the fact that the fight against Thanos will most likely be the last one for actors Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans whose contracts end with Avengers 3, make the idea of a large multi-part blockbuster seem not only feasible, but mandatory.
While not every Marvel Hero will make the cut to lead in Avengers 3, splitting the movie into two will provide more space for more characters and the potential to fully transition the franchise into a new generation.
What do you think? Should Avengers 3 be two movies?
While it doesn't hold a lot of information we didn't already know, Walt Disney Pictures has released an official synopsis for next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible places, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The players are set, and the filming has wrapped, now we just wait until May 1st.
Over the weekend a promotional poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron showed up on Facebook pages. In it, we got a glimpse of Paul Bettany's new character, The Vision. No one can confirm its authenticity, but it's beginning to look more and more genuine.
Today, this potential concept art for The Vision turned up on the internet. While neither have been verified, the similarity between the two leaves us with high hopes.