Marvel Studios has always said it won't recast its major heroes, hence why we've ended up bidding such a permanent farewell to characters like Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow.
Legacy characters are now picking up where they left off, and while that's definitely exciting, the Disney/Fox merger means the X-Men and Fantastic Four will soon be added to the mix. That's exciting on a number of levels, but also a tad disappointing.
Why? Well, by the time the likes of Wolverine and Mister Fantastic make their presence felt, it will be too late for them to cross paths with Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, for example, robbing fans of interactions and moments they've spent years dreaming of seeing on screen.
It's previously been reported that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars will serve as a final farewell for the original six Avengers but a new rumour claims the plan is to relaunch the MCU in the latter movie's wake.
Similar to what happened after Jonathan Hickman's Secret Wars comic book, one reliable online scooper claims the movie is going to "very likely [set] up a soft-reboot," serving as a "send-off for not only the entirety of the Fox-Verse, but the MCU that we’ve all grown to love."
With that, we'll be left with an "All-New, All-Different MCU" (presumably thanks to a new Sacred Timeline).
This is an undeniably exciting prospect and one which makes sense on a number of levels. While we're sure the likes of Ironheart and Kate Bishop will stick around, this potentially means we'll see new actors play Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and more.
How would you feel about an "All-New, All-Different MCU" in the wake of Avengers: Secret Wars?