The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to end its Phase 3 with the release of Avengers: Endgame encompasses all three phases so far. April 26 release will bring closure to the first 11 years of Marvel Studios films. The making of 22 movies that tell one complete story grossed $20 billion worldwide. There’s a degree of uncertainty as to the future of the MCU.
This new era of Marvel movies will continue on with some characters fans already know and introduce some more. Officially, Marvel is remaining tight-lipped on the MCU’s future after the end of Phase 3.
The company will be starting Phase 4 of its Cinematic Universe with the next chapter of the larger story. New heroes and characters will be added to the franchise. Now, Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox. With this takeover, stories could potentially include the X-Men.
Speaking to Io9, Kevin Feige wasn’t in the mood for giving any hint or leak to the media. He did confirm that they have a “five-year plan” for Phase 4. “The slate that we’re building over the next five years not applies to apples. It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct.
But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is ‘How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in a surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it? How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.’ That’s really exciting too.”, said Kevin.
Fans are in dilemma about stories like James Gunn being reinstated as the director on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Actually, those movies haven’t been confirmed yet. This could be even more beneficial for Marvel Studios right now as they’ll soon have access to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters once the Fox-Disney deal closes.
With the start of the new phase, some new heroes are to be introduced as Marvel shifts away from the franchise. After Endgame, we can probably expect Feige to be a lot more sure about the full line-up of Phase 4.
It’s confirmed that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the kick start to MCU’s Phase 4. It will release on July 5 this year. So it might be safe to say for fans that Phase Four will begin with the next Spider-Man movie and then go from there.
Speaking to IGN, Marvel’s head Kevin said, “We’re gonna keep making movies. We’re gonna still keep making movies after these two. And we will talk about them soon after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out.”
There are a few other sequels in development as well if rumors are given credence. Panther 2, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 and a sequel to Captain Marvel are in talks for production. There’s also the long-rumored Black Widow movie which may start shooting later this year.
One of the new Phase 4 Marvel movies could be Shang-Chi, which is Marvel’s first superhero film with an Asian lead. It’s reportedly the movie that Marvel is filming in Sydney, Australia.
We have built and fleshed out our five-year plan of where we’re heading, the first few years of which we’ll be announcing, as I said, relatively soon, after these next two movies,” Kevin said.