The MCU Will Be Unrecognizable After 2019: Things That Are Going To Change
By the end of 2019, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be completely different from what we have come to expect these past 11 years. The movies to be released this year will be the end of an era because many actors are leaving and new characters are being introduced. However, things are still being kept under wraps, and everyone is dying to know what comes next.
Right now, Marvel is working hard on advertising only ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’, but ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the only confirmed film to be released after they finish the story of the Infinity Gauntlet. There are several projects that the studio is working on like ‘Black Widow’, ‘The Eternals’, and the sequels for ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Doctor Strange’.
However, those are still in pre-production. In 2014, Marvel Studios detailed clearly all the movies for Phase Three in a special event, but this might not have been so smart because people did not pay much attention to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ when they had ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to look forward to, and the hype for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ affected ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and will probably affect ‘Captain Marvel’.
Therefore, keeping the future of the MCU a secret, for now, might be a better idea on a marketing scale, so that none of their films will be seen as “filler”, building up to a main event feature production. However, this does not mean that we cannot predict how this year will affect the franchise and dissect everything Kevin Feige has ever said to pinpoint what is to come.
The exit of the original Avengers
One of the most obvious changes for the MCU will be the departure of many actors whose contracts expire after ‘Avengers: Endgame’. One of the most significant exits is Robert Downey Jr., perhaps the thespian responsible for the success of the saga, as it seems he might be ready to move on with his career. Chris Evans, aka Captain America, has already said goodbye to the franchise in a tweet that made fans cry.
“Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories!"
Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth’s contract is also up, though there is a chance that he might be persuaded to sign on for more movies because he loved working on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. However, it is best to prepare for his possible exit, and this will leave only three of the original six Avengers. Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner signed a six-movie deal with Marvel.
However, both these actors have not been leads in any movie as it seems that the studio will not invest in another Hulk film, and they are expected to one last appearance after ‘Endgame’. Scarlett Johansson, on the other hand, is set to appear in the first solo film for Black Widow after years of cameos, and reports stated that her salary is a whopping $15 million.
The end of the Infinity Stone narrative
‘Endgame’ is the culmination of the story that began 11 years ago. Every single movie in the MCU was a build up to the confrontation with Thanos and the Infinity Stones, which were introduced one at a time in several movies, even if it was a bit subtle at times. The Space Stone was shown in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and in ‘The Avengers’.
The Mind Stone was also seen in ‘The Avengers’ and then, in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’; the Reality Stone was shown in ‘Thor: The Dark World’; the Power Stone was introduced in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and finally, the Time Stone was seen in ‘Doctor Strange’. The Soul Stone was first shown in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, which makes sense because it’s the most vital one in that narrative.
However, Thanos was just a background character, who actually moved all the pieces towards his end goal, and finally achieved it in ‘Infinity War’, leaving audiences shocked at the tremendous cliffhanger as it was the first time in any MCU film that the superheroes did not manage to stop the bad guy. ‘Endgame’ will show the conclusion of that story, and anything could happen at this point.
As some original characters are leaving, there will be empty spots to fill in the Avengers. We are also assuming that all the people that suffered from the Decimation will be returned, and Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange are set to lead the team in future films, which will make the movies a lot more diverse.
Captain Marvel is considered one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, and Marvel learned from the success of ‘Wonder Woman’ that female superheroes could be front and center in a featured project. Kevin Feige is hoping that one day, the MCU will have more female characters than male, and there is also talk about adding LGBTQ characters; Valkyrie could make a great lesbian power player.
Expanding into television
This saga has mainly kept as a cinematic universe, and the series on television have been separate from the films’ narrative. However, with the launch of Disney Plus, which is expected for later this year, Marvel has a chance to expand their world into shows. There are reports about stories focused on Loki, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon.
The big difference is that these new projects would have to feature the actors from the movies and follow the timeline of events, expanding their universe in ways they couldn’t before. Some new characters could be introduced better this way, instead of a fast appearance in a film, and there is a lot more room for creative development.
No more three movies each year
Despite the amazing idea of several series based on our favorite characters on the new streaming site, there is a downside. Even a studio was successful as Marvel can only make several projects a year, so we might not get three movies each year as we have come to expect. It would be awful if the quality started falling so they could keep up with three motion pictures.
That explains why they stopped their one-shot program in 2014, and Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito revealed that they have become so busy to keep up with that structure. The TV shows will be a major draw for Disney Plus, and the House of Mouse is counting on those stories for the success of their streaming site. Therefore, it makes sense to reduce motion pictures per year to two.
What do you think will happen to the MCU after 2019? Do you agree with Marvel’s new marketing strategies? Are you excited for the shows on Disney Plus? We are looking forward to anything the studio releases, but it does seem overwhelming. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that are just as excited for a new year of movies as us. See you next time!
Source: Screen Rant