Avengers: Infinity War was cancelled based on conflicts with the actors. Photo: Fandom

Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began in 2008 with the creation of Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man.” As of now, the MCU has grossed $10,916,958,583 in box office revenue. The whopping success of the MCU mainly stems from the 17 movies produced during its third phase. Not only is Marvel known for making entertaining, successful movies, but for their ability to create post credit scenes which foreshadow upcoming movies. In the past 10 years, the main post credit scenes have been foreshadowing the final two movies of phase three: “Avengers: Infinity War” and an untitled fourth Avengers film.

Considering the past success of the Marvel movies and the whopping 156 million views on the trailer, the new Avengers film is one of the most anticipated movies of all time. Although the film was set to release on April 27, 2018, its production had to stop suddenly because of recent conflicts with lead actor Robert Downey, Jr. over his contract. Downey accepted a job as Sherlock Holmes in an upcoming movie that created a major scheduling conflict. “I am tired of playing a role that I have been pursuing for 10 long years,” said Downey when asked why he quit his role of Iron Man. “It’s time for me to move on and do other things instead of playing the same role over and over.”

The devastating loss of Robert Downey, Jr. and the cancellation of “Avengers: Infinity War” has left Marvel fans outraged. “I have been waiting for 10 years for this movie to come out and Downey thinks that he can just walk out on filming NOW?” said sophomore Bridges Spencer. “I’m not really sure if I will ever get over this.” Many students and faculty share the same view. “The Marvel franchise has been my life for the past 10 years,” said English teacher Katie Moss. “Do not expect me to go to a Marvel movie ever again.”  

With the recent outrage and the many threats that Downey has received, one may wonder what is next for this Marvel franchise. “Our best option right now would be to suspend making movies and TV shows for at least a little while,” said Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter. “In a few years, once it all blows over, then we can figure out what comes next.”