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Next week, Thanos will arrive. Avengers: Infinity War will be released – and unleashed – upon our world, and the world of our favourite MCU superheroes. It’s likely that not everyone will survive, and don’t worry, they’ll be nothing here to confirm or deny anything in that area of the plot.
However, a very interesting bit of Avengers 4 casting has been revealed by The Hashtag Show. The film was shot back-to-back with Infinity War, wrapping in January, and THS’ sources have now confirmed that Blended actress Emma Fuhrmann was part of the cast during production. Who was she playing? Cassie Lang, daughter of Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man.
But wait! Isn’t Cassie Lang just a little girl, and definitely not this age…?
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— Emma Fuhrmann (@EmmaFuhrmann) February 11, 2018
..why, yes. Indeed, the role is currently filled by 10-year-old Abby Ryder Fortson, who will reprise it in 2018’s Ant-Man And The Wasp.
So, what’s the deal, here? Well, speculation is all we have at this stage, but there are several explanations for a much older Cassie Lang to be part of the Avengers 4 story. There’s the possibility that the plot could be filled with time travel elements, or alternate dimensions, or – dare we think it – a Young Avengers angle? Cassie was certainly part of that crew after her father’s death in the comics.
Add this news in with the return of actor Ty Simpkins, who played little Harley Keener in Iron Man 3, Ryan Coogler’s admission that he considered using Patriot in Black Panther, and all the other rumors swirling around during production on the fourth team-up flick, and you start to form an idea that maybe there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes in terms of future MCU planning than we can hope to grasp with the limited info available to us.
Avengers 4 could be set some years in the future, for example. It could even be a mix of all of the above. We just don’t know, but that’s not going to stop us wondering for the next year!