Like most Marvel rumours, take this one with a fair-sized pinch of salt, but Robert Downey Jr. may have let slip that two big Avengers could be appearing the Spider-Man reboot.
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, Downey Jr. and Chris Evans – set to go head-to-head in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, of course – were joking about having to deal with humidity over winter while filming on Atlanta, Georgia when RDJ pointed out that they “are going to shoot in Atlanta again, you and I”, to which Evan replied, “I know – I’m ready”.
Nothing more than a throwaway line, you may think (and if you want to check it out, head to 3:00 in the above video), but then you realise that Civil War has wrapped, and upcoming Marvel productions Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok have already announced filming locations that are not Atlanta. That leaves Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which would appear to have already been ruled out by director James Gunn insisting that there would be no Avengers in his sequel, and that it is important to him that Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill be the only human character in the movie.
So why are Messrs. Evans and Downey Jr. heading to Georgia?
The answer may lay in the recent revelation by Tom Holland that the Spider-Man reboot is shooting in Atlanta, and with Spidey set to make his MCU debut in Civil War, there is some sense in the theory that Cap and Iron Man may show up in the film. We know that the agreement between Marvel and Sony allows Marvel Studios characters to appear in the movie, and it makes sense that considering how much is riding on the reboot, Marvel would be smart to include some big names such as the Civil War headliners.
Spider-Man is due to be released on 28 July 2017.