There’s barely a day gone by of late without another new revelation or announcement in relation to next year’s (still as-yet untitled) Avengers 4. The hype around what’s being billed as the most important movie in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps on building, with recent reveals teasing a new Avengers team uniform, and further speculation about what the fourquel will eventually be called.
Well, we end up rounding this week’s Avengers 4 news-haul off with a surprise addition to the movie’s already sprawling cast list.
The film’s plot is believed to involve the surviving Avengers members using adapted Pym-tech to travel back in time to the pivotal events of all of the previous MCU movies, in an effort to prevent the various Infinity Stones falling into the hands of Thanos. This naturally opens the door for any MCU character, alive or dead, to make an appearance.
Both Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) are rumored to have been seen onset, so it’s probable that other deceased characters such as Odin and Crossbones may also be bought back.
With a roster that might include any major or supporting character that’s ever appeared in the decade-long franchise, as well as new additions courtesy of the Captain Marvel prequel movie, you’d be forgiven for thinking there wouldn’t be room for any new players in the film’s proceedings. But that hasn’t stopped Marvel from bringing actress Katherine Langford on board, according to The Wrap.
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The 22 year old Australian is best known for her breakout performance as the doomed Hannah Baker in Netflix’s highly successful ‘13 Reasons Why’ series, but has also appeared in ‘Robot Chicken’ and this year’s critically acclaimed ‘Love, Simon’.
The fact that her Marvel debut has been kept under wraps may just be indicative of the company’s legendary ability to keep significant plot-spoilers under wraps, but could also signify that she is a last-minute addition, courtesy of the film’s reshoots that concluded on October 13.
Langford’s role remains a secret at time of publication. If her inclusion as a result of the movie’s reshoots, the chances are it’s probably a very small and less relevant performance, but there’s alway the possibility she’s being set up as a future member of the Avengers. The decision to add her to the movie is also quite canny on the part of Marvel, as Infinity War managed to generate a number of 13 Reasons Why themed memes in relation to it’s “Why Is Gamora?” tagline.
Avengers 4 will arrive in cinemas in May of 2019.