Confirmed Things That Are Going To Happen In Marvel Phase 4 (and Some Rumors for Fans)
Marvel will be wrapping Phase Three of the MCU this April with ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Everyone is excited about the conclusion of the ‘Infinity War’ event, but also about what comes next in this fantastic world of superheroes. More than ten years have gone by since its inception, and people have not lost interest. Let’s take a look at what comes next for this franchise.
THE BEGINNING OF PHASE FOUR
Every Marvel fan knows that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the final film in Phase Three, and Phase Four will begin with ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ which will premiere in July 2019. It’s has been confirmed by producer Amy Pascal that the movie will pick up directly after the events of the ‘Endgame’, and the first trailer has already been released.
Naturally, fans were eager to dissect this teaser for any clues regarding the fate of the Avengers during ‘Endgame’. An important aspect of the first look is that it revealed that Peter Parker, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Happy Hogan will survive after the heroes fix what Thanos did during ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Everyone cried during Spider-Man’s crumbling, so his appearance was a relief.
WHICH FILMS WILL BE INCLUDED IN PHASE FOUR
Disney and Marvel have kept the upcoming schedule a mystery in an uncharacteristic move for both studios. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the only release that has been officially announced for Phase Four. However, there are many projects that the executives at Marvel have talked about, although they have not confirmed their schedules.
Kevin Feige, Marvel president, has spoken about the long-awaited sequel for ‘Doctor Strange’, which is definitely in their sights, but they are working out its development. ‘Black Panther 2’ will have director Ryan Coogler once again to reveal more things about Wakanda. After this year’s Oscars and the success of the film, this one was a no brainer.
In terms of new heroes, the studio has confirmed that they are working on a movie for The Eternals, which will introduce many legendary characters. Furthermore, there has been word about introducing Shang-Chi, the martial artist superhero, and he would be a welcome change to the MCU’s lack of Asian representation.
However, the studio has not revealed their plans unlike they have in the past because of ‘Endgame’. Feige argued that talking about what comes next could be considered spoilers for the upcoming movie, which is expected to be the most massive hit in the MCU as it ends the ‘Infinity War’ event that the saga built up to for several years.
WHAT ELSE COULD BE ADDED TO THE NEXT PHASE
The best guest anyone could make regarding the future of the franchise is several sequels. ‘Captain Marvel’ is also expected to be a huge hit; therefore, a second installment would be natural. ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ might also be getting something new, mainly because of Scott Lang and the Quantum Realm’s importance for ‘Endgame’.
When it comes to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’, former director James Gunn had announced its premiere for Phase Four before he was fired for tweets that put his name in jeopardy. The story was set to complete what he had created regarding the space team, and also to "help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies". Unfortunately, the project has been delayed since the scandal broke out.
Feige says that it will happen eventually, but there has been no word regarding the movie. It probably depends on what the studio decides after Phase Three ends. Then, they will probably negotiate with the original cast and get a new director to end the trilogy in a proper manner. Hopefully, something will be announced later this year.
WILL PHASE FOUR BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS?
One important detail about the next phase in the MCU is that Iron Man, Captain America, and even Thor might be out. Chris Evans already sent out a tweet months ago, saying goodbye to the character, and fans were naturally distraught. Rumors have stated that Steve Rogers might die in the next film, and there is talk that Sam Wilson or Bucky Barnes might take on the mantle of Captain America.
Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel is over after ‘Endgame’, but the actor might not say farewell to his role as Iron Man. Although there is speculation that Tony Stark could also perish in ‘Endgame’, there is a chance for a happy ending where he retires or possibly mentors new heroes instead of fighting himself.
But, the next ‘Avengers’ film is set to conclude the storylines of many characters, especially those that have already had several solo movies in the MCU. Feige has hinted at this, and at Comic-Con, Joe Russo said, "Everything has to have an end at some point in order for it to have value.” The Marvel president told io9: "We do know what's coming. We have ideas of the shape of what's to come.”
"But that structure that you laid out was from the comics, right? Everyone had their individual stories. They meet up for a mega event and they go back to their individual stories changed from that event. I think that's a wonderful structure that's worked for decades in the comics, has worked for us now for a decade, so I think it's a good model. But it doesn't necessarily mean we're going to stick to it in stone."
Moreover, many actors are probably staying in the franchise, mainly the new ones, but a couple of the older ones could keep going. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might be more important in the future Avengers ensembles than most people realize. Anthony Russo discussed “big changes” for Thor, stating: “He's gone through a radical transformation, and he's moving forward in a way where he could never go back."
"I think the overall mythology will begin to [grow], as you've already started to see with Guardians and certainly now with Panther and with Doctor Strange," said Feige. "I don't think we'll ever leave our past behind necessarily, but I think the new elements and the new inroads and, by the way, places that we haven't explored yet from the comic universe, will become more and more at the forefront."
On another note, New York City has served as the basis of several MCU movies, but a new city such as Wakanda could become more important in future projects. The problems of the world are bound to impact the African nation now that they have opened themselves. Meanwhile, ‘Far From Home’ takes place in Europe, which is bound to have interesting aspects.
One of the main things that most fans want to see continue is Marvel’s opening to diversity. ‘Black Panther’ was the first non-white hero, and ‘Captain Marvel’ will be the first female superhero solo films. That opens the doors for several different characters from the comic books such as She-Hulk, Miles Morales, and even Ms. Marvel also known as Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American from New Jersey.
Kevin Feige is apparently also open to different genres like horror. ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ probably inspired him to make something different with their franchise. Furthermore, every fan that loves space stories can be assured that Marvel is planning many away from Earth with characters that the general public has never heard of before.
Additionally, once the deal with Fox and Disney is finalized, the MCU could start including the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to their roster. However, it will take several years before it happens. Therefore, it’s unlikely that these characters will make it to the MCU. There is a lot of material to go around, and Marvel has expanded towards the whole world, and the whole universe. The options are endless.
One thing is certain: The next few years are going to be exciting. Let us know which character you would love to see in the MCU. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have enjoyed these films for many years. See you next time!