Oscars scrambling to reunite the Avengers to make up for a host-less ceremony
"To up the star quotient even further, the show's producers are currently lining up appearances by as many big-name castmembers from Marvel's sprawling Avengers franchise as possible," reports The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg. "An Avengers all-star Oscar reunion wouldn't be unprecedented. Following the success of 2012's Avengers, the 2013 telecast featured Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) together onstage. But since then the Avengers' ranks, as well as those of its rivals and foes, have only grown, and this time around the Academy is looking to pull together an even bigger assemblage." As he notes, the Marvel-themed stunt would benefit Disney, which owns both ABC and Marvel.
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