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Russo Bros. Rejected Kevin Feige’s Pitch to Kill Off the Six Original Avengers: ‘Way Too Aggressive’

Zack Sharf “Avengers: Endgame” killed off Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige originally wanted an even bigger bloodbath. Filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo recently confirmed on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that Feige pitched them on killing off all the original Avengers, meaning Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) would’ve also met their demise.“There were lots of rumors swirling about who was gonna die,” Joe Russo said.
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Ryan Gosling is set to return for The Gray Man sequel as Netflix announces spin-off of the spy flick
Ryan Gosling is set to return for the sequel of his newly-released spy thriller The Gray Man,directed by Anthony and Joe Russo - the duo behind Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.The original film, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney and follows CIA operative Court Gentry (Gosling) as he battles it out against his former ally, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans),is currentlyNetflix's most expensive film ever made, with a whooping budget of around $166millon.'The audience reaction to The Gray Man has been nothing short of phenomenal,' the Russo brothers said in a statement, obtained by Variety. 'We are so appreciative of the enthusiasm that fans across the world have had for this film.' More to come: Ryan Gosling is set to return for the sequel of his newly-released spy thriller The Gray Man, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo; seen at the movie's screening earlier this monthThey added: 'With so many amazing characters in the movie, we had always intended for the Gray Man to be part of an expanded universe, and we are thrilled that Netflix is announcing a sequel with Ryan, as well as a second script that we're excited to talk about soon.' The original film's star-studded caststar-studded cast, includes former Bond girl Ana De Armas and Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page, who's been tipped to become the next 007.Netflix Inc and the movie's directors always had plans that the big-budget, effects-filled thriller in the spirit of a James Bond adventure would launch the company's own long-running spy series.
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‘The Gray Man’ Review: Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans Try to Out-Kill Each Other in This Spectacular Netflix Fireworks Show
Peter Debruge Chief Film CriticAt age 13, Ryan Gosling was spreading cheer on “The Mickey Mouse Club.” But something must have snapped in the dozen years between “The Notebook” and “La La Land.” The Canadian heartthrob seems committed to convincing us that he can be a cold-blooded, even-keeled, unsentimental killer. Starting with Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” followed by the Danish director’s “Only God Forgives” and now playing the title character in the Russo brothers’ “The Gray Man,” an actor who once radiated charisma in “Crazy Stupid Love” has been perfecting an inexpressive cool that borders on nihilism, keeping his pulse stable and poker face fixed as he offs whatever adversaries come his way. Gosling doesn’t just want to be an action star; he wants to be the Hollywood version of Alain Delon, the handsome French icon who played a sociopath with perfect cheekbones in “Purple Noon” and a hit man with no visible emotions in “Le Samouraï.” “The Gray Man” is the payoff of Gosling’s low-key reinvention: an incredibly expensive, stunningly executed action vehicle in which he plays Six, an ex-con-turned-CIA assassin who’s so good at his job that he becomes a kind of liability, landing him at the top of the agency’s kill list.A reportedly $200 million whopper that Netflix will release first in theaters (on July 15) and then a week later on its streaming service, this is “The Avengers: End Game” directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s answer to the James Bond franchise (which reached its end game, with Daniel Craig at least, in last year’s “No Time to Die”).
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'The Gray Man' Trailer: Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling Play a Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse
Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are ready for an intense showdown in the upcoming Netflix thriller,  On Tuesday, the streaming service shared the first trailer for the upcoming film, based on the book series of the same name by Mark Greaney, and directed by Evans' old Marvel pals, Anthony and Joe Russo.Gosling stars as the «Gray Man» in question, former CIA operative Court Gentry, also known as Sierra Six. While speaking to Regé-Jean Page's shady, unnamed tactician, Ana de Armas' Agent Dani Miranda — who assists Six as he flees from Hanson — describes the Grey Men as «reckless mystery men you guys send in when you can't officially send anyone else.»Once a highly skilled assassin, Six now finds himself the target as he's chased around the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the Agency, who will stop at nothing to take him out.«You wanna make an omelet, you gotta kill some people,» Lloyd opines in the clip.Watch the full trailer below:Also starring in the film are Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor, and Scott Haze. is in theaters on July 15 and on Netflix July 22.
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