The Academy looking to assemble The Avengers as Oscars hosts

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The Hollywood Reporter published an article Thursday claiming producers of the upcoming Academy Awards telecast are scrambling to get as many stars from the "Avengers" franchise as they can to appear on stage at some point.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not named a replacement for Kevin Hart, who backed out of hosting the February 24 show after anti-gay tweets and stand-up jokes he had made in the past resurfaced.

According to the report, the producers will select a number of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of "relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers".

The prestigious Academy Awards show highlighting Hollywood's most notable films and talents is radically changing its format after 30 years. Hart quickly deleted the old posts, but screenshots live on.

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He said: "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year". "It seemed like such an old-fashioned sort of escape, and I thought, 'Wow, how can that happen in today's prison system?'" he says. For the last time, I am done addressing this.

"It's just the kind of people - younger, hipper, diverse - that they want to bring into the show", Thompson said.

There's also "Captain Marvel" which is being released very soon, so we could even see Brie Larson step up to the plate too.

It's not as much of a stretch as you might think - given the massive scale of the Marvel project over the last 11 years, literally dozens of movie stars have been drawn into a movie or two. If that's true, expect the lineup of celebrity presenters to do a lot more than just list nominees and announce the victor.