As part of an expansive Vanity Fair story on Marvel Studios and its upcoming projects, it is reported that the contracts for all of the original, cinematic Avengers will be ending with 2019's fourth Avengers film.
"After Avengers 4, an ambitious multi-franchise crossover movie slated for release in 2019, at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields. That’s partially because the Marvel contracts with the actors who play them - Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) - are coming to an end," writes VF's Joanna Robinson.
That's summed up in a quote by Hemsworth, who was dismayed that VF wasn't able to take a photo of the actors playing Words with Friends together while on set during the interview.
"I thought, 'Could somebody take a photo of this?' We’re all aware that this is going to be the last time we get to hang out like this," said Hemsworth.
Although these actors' contract are close to a reported end, in the past Marvel has worked out renewals in the past including Downey for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige has framed Avengers 4 as a true 'finale' unlike any other ending in the superhero film genre.
"There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting,” said Feige.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release May 4, 2018, with Avengers 4 following on May 3, 2019.