If you have watched the Avengers: Infinity War, What is your first feel? To me, Excited but Sad.
We can infer what will happen to the Avengers: Infinity War from the lengths of the film contracts of some of its actors. It appears that a structural shift is underway, from the first chapter of the MCU starring major players like Cap & Thor to a more diverse and relatively new ensemble of Avengers (or beyond).
The Thanos do love the Gamora and take her as his best love daughter. His dream will come true or not. It is hard to say. But mostly the Justice will defeat the evil. The bad guys would never live forever.
Major Avengers actors like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Jeremy Renner are quickly nearly the end of their contracts. Cap is due for one final film appearance, Thor for two, including his upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and Hawkeye may or may not be done (he was slated for three Avengers films and a possible standalone, though if Marvel really wanted to they could use Captain America: Civil War as counting towards his fulfillment). Even Samuel L. Jackson’s contract only has him pegged for two more films, both of which are likely the Avengers: Infinity War two-parter. We can expect these MCU characters to retire from the limelight, for the most part, and take a backseat in more of a ‘consultant’ capacity in the post-Infinity War movies.
On the other hand, it’s almost guaranteed that those MCU actors with more lengthy contracts will see a transition to the center stage in whatever larger narrative is to follow. Chadwick Boseman, who appeared in Captain America: Civil War and is set to star in his character’s titular Black Panther standalone, will still have four more movies on his contract following those two. Reasonably, we can expect 1–2 of those to be Avengers: Infinity War, but could a franchise or “New Avengers” storyline be underway, with him as a main team member? Similarly, Mark Ruffalo is due for four more films, including his major role in Thor: Ragnarok, making it more than likely that we’ll see the green giant play a more substantial role as an Avenger post-Infinity War (Marvel’s allegedly revealed that they’re barred from producing a standalone Hulk film).
The most notable of these actors, however, might be Sebastian Stan, whose whopping nine film contract means that he’ll be starring in six future MCU installments. Even if we assume that two of those are Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1 & 2, that leaves four more empty slots, which could very feasibly his own three part franchise (perhaps as Cap after Chris Evans retires the mantle?) and another movie such as Thunderbolts or another Avengers one.
Characters whose film contracts remain undisclosed include Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, and RDJ himself. RDJ is virtually a shoe-in for some role, whether major or minor, given that his cult popularity was one of the leading proponents in the MCU’s early days (and even up to now!). We can probably expect more from Black Widow, as well, given her (pending) relationship with Banner, A-list actress status, and great breadth of history that has yet to be explored surrounding her character. Given how easily Guardians of the Galaxy took off, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chris Pratt and co. break off from the ‘mainstream’ MCU to form a more expansive series for Cosmic Marvel, and Mackie, though less certain, might be able to solidify a few more movie roles through his bromance with Sebastian Stan, if not for anything else.
In general, I would expect to see Marvel attempting to streamline its success by perpetuating three larger film franchises semi-simultanouesly (a mixed up, post-Infinity War Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Inhumans), and attempt to stave off the inevitable fatigue that comes from seeing too much of a single thing by putting bringing fresh new faces to the spotlight. I could very feasibly imagine Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Bucky (perhaps as Cap, or even as a member of the Thunderbolts?) having their own three part series, give or take a few, and eventually becoming the new core Avengers for Phase 4 onward, or at least for the time being.
Also, there’s this guy called Spider-Man. Not to brag or anything, but he’s kind of a big deal.