During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans had an interesting exchange. After Evans had complained about how hot it was in Atlanta, Downey Jr. said, “By the way, we are going to shoot in Atlanta again, you and I.” Evans agreed, “I know, I’m ready, I’m ready.”
Looking out at Marvel’s schedule, the only upcoming Marvel Studios movie already slated for Atlanta is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Both Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok have already announced filming locations in other areas of the world besides Atlanta.
Does that mean Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are going to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? No, because director James Gunn has already gone on record stating that Iron Man will not be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gunn has also stated that it’s important to him that Quill is the sole human character in the film for the time being, so it’s unlikely Captain America will be popping up either.
Plus, it really wouldn’t make sense for Marvel to throw Downey Jr. and Evans (and their hefty salaries) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gunn has created something magical with the Guardians, and the movie really doesn’t need any Avengers at this point. In fact throwing Avengers into the film would probably even take away from whatever incredible story Gunn has dreamed up.
So why could Downey Jr. and Evans be heading back to Atlanta to film? Well, it could be Downey Jr. was referencing Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie really is a little far off for the filming location to be solidified. It’s also possible that the two could be filming some other non-Marvel project, but there doesn’t appear to be anything officially announced on either’s schedule.
However, the most likely answer might have been provided by Tom Holland. While doing press for In the Heart of the Sea, Holland revealed that Spider-Man will primarily film in Atlanta. It’s already known that the Sony and Marvel deal which allows for Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Studios films, also allows for Marvel Studios characters to appear in Spider-Man films. With a lot riding on Sony’s second relaunch of the Spider-Man franchise, it would certainly make sense for them to bring in a couple heavy hitters like Captain America and Iron Man to appear.
Spider-Man is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.