Marvel Studios is ready to bring the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close. The culmination of the studio’s 22-movie narrative begins in Avengers: Infinity War next year before ending in Untitled Avengers (a.k.a. Avengers 4 next year). Studio president Kevin Feige has been very reluctant to share what will come after May 2019, but he has big plans.
In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Feige discusses a new era for the MCU that seems to be just as big as its first decade.
“22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.”
The movies will need to be completely different. The MCU has to stay fresh in order to stay relevant. Plus, there’s the matter of expiring contracts and perhaps characters that have been killed by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the next two Avengers movies.
Some brand new and still relatively fresh faces will have to come to the forefront. Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange , and the MCU’s Spider-Man will all still be young franchises in Phase 4 while Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy should still have something left in the tank. GotG writer/director James Gunn will be helping Feige usher in a new set of cosmic franchises as well.
Feige assures Vanity Fair‘s Joanna Robinson that we really are about to see the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.
“[Avenges 4 will] bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.
“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”
Marvel Studios has a big future ahead of it. I still don’t buy that all of the original Avengers cast—Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury—will all be permanently gone after Avengers 4, but their roles will likely be reduced.
Regardless, the MCU will continue to thrive for as long as it has Kevin Feige, who draws inspiration from the founder of Marvel Studios’ parent company, Disney.
“On opening day, when people asked Mr. Walt Disney if Disneyland was finished, he said, as long as there’s imagination in the world, Disney will never be complete.”
There is plenty of imagination left in the world to keep the MCU running for years, or decades to come.
Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters May 4, 2018 with Avengers 4 following on May 3, 2019.