Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 4 news, cast updates: Marvel president 'can't envision anyone else' as Iron Man

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It is already apparent that the upcoming movies "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers 4" will mark the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 3, and that the start of yet another phase that may introduce new characters into the mix, specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 4.

Aside from introducing new characters – except for the upcoming superheroes like Captain Marvel and The Inhumans – there is also the possibility of a potential recasting, most especially for lead characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

Fans will have a hard time seeing a different actor playing Iron Man on the silver screen considering that Downey has played the character for almost a decade now. The actor first portrayed Tony Stark in 2008 for the superhero's first solo movie.

Fortunately, it seems like the people at Marvel might also have a hard time with this potential transition. Marvel President Kevin Feige has recently talked with Variety, and he admitted that they won't have to think about that anytime soon, especially because the actors playing the parts would still continue with their roles for a few more movies.

"Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and right now I can't envision anyone else. Chris Evans has embodied Captain America as well as any actor has ever embodied an iconic pop-culture figure like that. I go back to Chris Reeve as Superman as the gold standard, and I think Evans is right there. I couldn't imagine anybody else," said Feige.

Feige went on to give a few examples regarding recastings that happened in the past, particularly for characters that have been appearing in the silver screen for more than a decade or so.

"But you also look to history: We have a new Spider-Man right now who was in our "Civil War" film and is in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and the audience has embraced it," he added. 

Feige did not reveal any specifics regarding MCU's phase 4. Still, there have been reports saying that the reason why the production still hasn't released any information regarding it is because of potential spoilers, Screenrant reported. It would seem like news for the next phase would most likely come out after the much awaited movie.

Meanwhile, the "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers 4" production/filming has reportedly begun, and rumors coming out of Atlanta claim that the movie has been in production for more than two weeks now.