Virtually everything you know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), get ready to kind of totally forget about it. On May 3, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is going to debut in theaters, and it will officially bring an end to Marvel’s Phase 3 films. From there, Phase 4 will begin and the majority of it will be unlike what fans are used to, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirms it will look “very different.”
The next big thing in the comic book movie world is the release of Captain America: Civil War in about three weeks, and it’s going to be huge. Fans can’t wait for it, but they need to realize that this could very well be the final film in the Captain America franchise as it currently stands.
Phase 3 in the Marvel movie world is coming to an end, and Kevin Feige isn’t scared of that. He believes that there is no real end in sight for the MCU, but things are going to change as he told Entertainment Weekly.
“I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases.”
Civil War marks the 13th film in the MCU, and they are far from running out of ideas and new movies to make. The thing is, they don’t want the franchise to get stale and need something exciting and fresh, and new.
Feige recently told io9 that there are ideas cooking though, and that was when he dropped the Guardians bombshell.
“We’re only working on what’s been announced through the end of 2019. And it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is one film that’s up there. I don’t know what exactly the order will be.”
James Gunn has said in the past that he was approached by Marvel to write the script for the third film in the franchise, but he had not yet signed on for it. Gun has written the script for and directed both of the first two films.
If Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to be a part of Marvel’s Phase 4, some are wondering just what other films could be in it. Nerdist put on their thinking caps to try and determine just what movies could fall into it.
Possibilities for Marvel’s Phase 4 include:
- Black Panther – Sequel
- Doctor Strange – Sequel
- Captain Marvel
- Ant-Man and The Wasp
- Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
Avengers: Infinity War is going to bring an end to a phenomenal franchise, but also bring about the start of another great one. Not all of the characters that fans have grown to love will go away, as sequels and new heroes will come about as well.
While the Marvel contracts of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and others may be coming to an end, Infinity War Part 2 may not be the last anyone ever sees them. Considering their popularity, it’d be foolish to just be done with them.
Marvel likely has a few tricks up their sleeves and plans just sitting and waiting to be put into action.
Comic book movie fans are used to Captain America and Iron Man and Thor, but that is not the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not that those characters will be forgotten or never show up again, but there are many more to see and focus on. Kevin Feige knows how to make things work, and Marvel’s Phase 4 films are already starting to be put into place, and fans will have something new to love.
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