With the beginning of phase four, the MCU is seeing itself going through somewhat of a period of transition. Many of the phase one characters and franchises are being either cycled out of the rotation or put on the sidelines.
This change is due to a massive influx of new faces to the universe, which is to be expected.
With the MCU so interconnected and many of its superheroes having been around for as many as thirteen years, it has a plethora of content in the wings and in the works to be added to the expansion that is Disney+.
Although many of the tried and true names remain, there are a whole host of new actors coming into the fold to lead the franchise into its brave new future.
Those include such names as Tom Holland, Florence Pugh, Simu Liu, Elizabeth Olsen, Brie Larson, Kathryn Newton, Hailee Steinfeld, and Dominque Thorne—all of which have roles to play in the upcoming slate of MCU titles.
With their ages ranging between 23 and 31 years of age, it is possible they will be sticking around for at least a decade, if not more.
The star of the Deadpool series, Ryan Reynolds, will turn 45 this year, officially making him the oldest star to headline a solo debut when the third installment of the Deadpool franchise premiere.
With that said, Reynolds has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention of giving up his role of the Merc with a Mouth anytime soon.
What does this boil down to? We may very well see Reynolds belting out his famous Deadpool one-liners when he is well into his 50s and possibly beyond.
Even so, he will still have quite a ways to go before he can grab the title of the oldest actor listed first in any MCU project credits—that title will belong to Samuel L Jackson. The latter is currently 72 years young when the Secret Invasion film premieres next year.