It’s no secret that Marvel love their CGI. From Thanos and Hulk to young Nick Fury, they’ve been transforming and de-ageing actors with it since the start. However in November when it was announced that James Dean would be resurrected using CGI to portray Rogan in Finding Jack, there was backlash from fans of the film industry. We have seen it happen in Rogue One where they used CGI to bring back Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, but resurrecting someone irreplaceable for a small role that they first played 39 years ago is different to giving a dead actor a completely new role in a completely new film. You can read the whole article here, but Marvel’s own Victoria Alonso has confirmed they won’t be resurrecting any dead characters for the foreseeable future.
When this news first came to light, Chris Evans said “The complete lack of understanding here is shameful.” and it looks like Marvel agrees with Cap. The creation of Hulk and Thanos both start with living actors, who are adapted using CGI. This news separates Marvel from Disney’s other biggest franchise, Star Wars, who, since resurrecting Peter Cushing in 2016, have had Carrie Fisher play General Leia Organa posthumously in The Rise of Skywalker. But this was using deleted scenes, save for one CGI flashback scene of her younger self (which Fisher gave them permission to do back in 2016).
However, Marvel have confirmed they won’t be jumping on this bandwagon, whether it’s with recently deceased actors or ones who have been dead since 1955. This is for the most part, moral and ethical reasoning. Executives at Marvel think it’s disrespectful to the deceased to use their likenesses for entertainment, and have decided they won’t be doing so. This means Endgame brought the final cameo of our beloved Stan Lee.
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