Just don't let Thanos on the stage...
The cast of The Avengers are reportedly being assembled to form a revolving line-up of presenters to host the Oscars next month.
It was initially reported in December 2018 that the Academy Awards would have no fixed host for 2019, after homophobic tweets forced Kevin Hart to step down from the prestigious gig.
But as the uncertainty continues, it’s claimed that the show’s producers are attempting to secure as many big-name Marvel stars as they possibly can.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the idea was first discussed after Oscars bosses looked at a segment from the 2013 Oscars – which saw Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) all presenting together onstage.
But since then, the MCU has grown even bigger – which means that Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss will have a wider range of guest presenters to choose from.
Although the Academy is yet to comment on the reports, it’s claimed that several MCU stars were specifically asked not to present at the recent Golden Globes, in order to maximise the impact of their appearance at the Oscars.
It’s also worth noting that the Oscars air in the US on the Disney-owned ABC, which means that any appearance could also act as a huge promotional boost for Avengers: Endgame – which is set for release only two months after the ceremony.
Earlier this week, it was also suggested that the cast of ‘The Good Place’ could make suitable Oscars hosts, providing that they undertake the ceremony in character.
“That post that said the cast of the good place should host the oscars as their characters… please,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Kevin Hart confirmed earlier this week that he definitely won’t hosting the ceremony – despite rumours that a repentant appearance on ‘Ellen’ was designed to set up his return to the role.