Before he was a Fishman, Doug Jones performed the space-surfin’ subtitle character of 2007’s much maligned Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Performing the actual dialogue for the Herald of Galactus, however, was Laurence Fishburne, a recent addition to the MCU proper who will make his debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Marvel Comics character is still well and truly owned by 20th Century Fox, despite the fact that Fox and Disney are in the midst of merger negotiations. However, according to a Metacritic listing, some fans got fired up about the possibility of Silver Surfer scooting into the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
In a chat with YahooUK (via The Playlist), Avengers helmers Anthony and Joe Russo fielded that particular rumor amongst many, many questions regarding the secretive superhero cinematic event. They also teased the “drastic” difference between Phase 3–the current run of MCU films–and the upcoming slate, Phase 4. Oh and for those of you expecting to find out the official title of Avengers 4 soon (I’m still betting on The New Avengers), Joe has an answer for you there, as well.
Here’s what Joe had to say about Silver Surfer:
“I don’t think we own Silver Surfer, but it’s fan-wish fulfillment and, you know, if this Disney-Fox deal goes through there’s going to be a lot more characters coming into the Marvel universe, so some of those crazy fan theories might come true.”
Joe continued, teasing the changes ahead for Phase 4:
“I think massively different. I think that this is if Marvel has been writing a book for ten years, it’s the end of the book and someone is going to write a new book. Who knows what that new book will be but this is an ending and that’ll be a new beginning.”
And as for that Avengers 4 title … don’t expect to discover what it is at the end of Avenger: Infinity War:
“No, no. It’s going to be quite a long while before people see that title. We need people to see this movie, digest this movie, and then we can tell them what the next story is they’re going to see.”
Fans will see Avengers: Infinity War starting April 27th, and for anything beyond that … stay tuned!