While Marvel fans are currently counting down the days, minutes, and hours until Doctor Strange is finally released on Friday, you can’t help but look even further down the line to what the studio has in store in its Cinematic Universe.
Even though Captain America: Civil War was the first film of the MCU’s Phase Three, and we still have nine more movies to go before we enter Phase Four, Marvel Studio’s head honcho Kevin Feige is already being quizzed about what we can expect in it.
And Feige believes that “anything is possible,” especially because of where Phase Three is going to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige opened up to Collider about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, confessing, “I think anything is possible.”
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He then added, “I think you’ve seen our model this year last year that we like a new adventure in the ongoing stories of existing characters and then something completely new and completely different. I think next year you will see it with Guardians. Then frankly, I almost count Homecoming and Ragnarok as two almost entirely different and brand new things – even though there’s been other Spider-Man films and two other Thor films. They’re [both] very, very, different.”
There’s a very good reason why Kevin Feige believes that anything could happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the repercussions of Captain America: Civil War. The conclusion of the blockbuster, which still stands as the highest grossing film of 2016 after raking in $1.153 billion, saw Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) walking away from Captain America’s shield after his almighty tiff with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), which left the Avengers hanging by a thread.
Because of the end of Captain America: Civil War, which saw Iron Man and Captain America coming to blows after it was revealed that Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) had killed Tony Stark’s parents and then Steve Rogers deciding that he was no longer fit to be the superhero, there’s fervent speculation over whether we will see a new individual as Captain America in future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When Kevin Feige was quizzed on whether a Captain America film has to include Steve Rogers, he teased, “It’s a good question and if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is ‘no’… I’m not saying we’ll do it in the movie but I’ve read Captain America comics that don’t have Steve Rogers in them.”
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We probably have quite a while to wait until we get a definitive answer on this subject, though. That’s because Steve Rogers, or possibly a new incarnation of Captain America, isn’t expected to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe until Avengers: Infinity War, which is only going to be released on May 4, 2018. Even then, at the moment, there are currently no plans for any further solo Steve Rogers led Captain America films, too, with his trilogy having consisted of The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War.
But despite these concerns over Steve Rogers, there are still plenty of other reasons to be hugely excited by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most pressing of course is the imminent release of Doctor Strange, which has already received impressive reviews ahead of its release on November 4. But then that will be followed Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, while Phase 3 will also consist of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and a yet to be titled Avengers sequel.
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