Endgame And Spider-Man Movies Will Stop The Marvel Franchise For A While
With the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Marvel will wrap up Phase Three of the MCU, and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the next project expected for July 2019. Unfortunately, it has been revealed that the studio is not filming any projects at the moment, and fans will probably have to wait a whole year, or more, for a new motion picture. Let’s get into the details of Marvel’s break.
A BREAK AFTER SUCH A HUGE EVENT
Rob Liefeld, co-creator of ‘Deadpool’, took to Twitter and said, “Still wrapping my head around the fact that there are no Marvel movies currently filming. So a full year absent Marvel films following Spider-Man?” After ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Marvel has a scheduled release for May 1st, 2020, but there is still no word on which movie it will be.
No matter what film it is, though, it is still a considerable gap for any Marvel releases. It’s almost ten months. Meanwhile, comic book author Mark Millar, known for ‘Kingsman’ and ‘Kickass’, also took to social media with thoughts regarding this big Marvel break and said it might be the first time in ten years that the studio waits so long to premiere a new project.
However, Millar also commented that it might be a good thing, calling it a “wise move”. He continued writing, “They felt relentless for a while and a wee wait will only build anticipation. What’s weirder is we’re still not entirely sure what’s coming!” The author might not be part of the cinematic aspect of Marvel, but he has experience with several characters.
He worked on ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Ultimate X-Men’, and ‘Marvel Knight Spider-Man’. Therefore, it seems that even people who might have inside information about the upcoming projects have not been kept in the loop. In 2014, Marvel announced what was coming for the next couple of years in the MCU, which included the ‘Infinity War’ event and a film for the ‘Inhumans’.
Sadly, that last project was discarded later on, but now the schedule announced by the company is almost coming to its end. This might also be the first time that Marvel decides not to inform their audiences about the future of the MCU. However, the secrecy is not unreasonable because whatever happens in ‘Endgame’ will determine the future of the characters.
A schedule announcement might end up being a huge spoiler for the franchise, which wants to build as much suspense and momentum for the massive April release. Furthermore, there is speculation about the fate of certain characters like Iron Man and Captain America due to the actors’ expiring contracts, and anything they reveal ahead could be too much if they want to keep the mystery going.
BENEFITS OF THEIR BREAK
Superheroes are at the height of popularity at the moment, especially for Marvel. However, there is a chance that after ‘Endgame’ audiences will be tired of the genre. In fact, that is always a possibility with any saga. It is good that the studio has decided to take their time before embarking on a brand new direction with their characters.
After all, something even greater has to happen after Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet to keep audiences interest. But, it’s like the stories have to build up to that moment once again. Fans have to imagine that they are traveling back to the release of ‘The Avengers’ when they revealed the Mad Titan’s initial plans with the attack on New York.
It’s like hitting the reset bottom. They need to develop all the new characters, assemble a new Avengers team, and perhaps finally give Black Widow a decent storyline before working towards something that comes close to the ‘Infinity War’ arc. For the last ten years, Marvel has released their films at a grueling pace with six movies for Phase One in four years.
Phase Two had had three motion pictures per year, and they continued that pattern for Phase Three. That is why 2018 had ‘Black Panther’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, and all of them were leading up to ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which will serve as a conclusion for this story arc. A break is only natural at this point.
It’s time for all the heroes that make these movies possible to take a breath and regroup to find the best possible direction for the MCU. They might also be counting their hard-earned money. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ grossed more than $2 billion at the box office. So, it’s expected that the upcoming ‘Avengers’ will earn that much, or perhaps more.
THE FUTURE OF THE MCU
While there are no real details yet, Marvel president Kevin Feige has talked a bit about what is coming. During the ‘Captain Marvel’ press junket, Feige said that fans should expect a darker Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward with several not-that-popular characters making their way onto the big screen. “Everything after 'Endgame,' and after 'Spider-Man: Far From Home,' will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film.”
“Seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re going to do and want to do. But also introducing characters that the majority of the world has never heard of, much like the Guardians [of the Galaxy], much like Avengers before we made Avengers. And there are lots of them.”
He also said that the film about The Eternals is definitely coming, and it will present a bunch of legendary heroes to the MCU. “We like the idea of […] doing an ensemble movie from the start as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people.”
Feige also talked about exploring the past of the MCU. “Jack Firby did an immense, amazing epic with The Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.” However, this small break does not mean that Marvel won’t release new things.
Marvel is preparing a couple of shows for Disney’s streaming site, Disney+. However, they will be different from the series produced by Marvel Television for Netflix and ABC. These projects will be created by Marvel Studios. They will also have movie stars and big budgets. There is one planned about Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and another about the Winter Soldier and Falcon.
There is also a project with Vision and the Scarlet Witch, as well as rumors about a series featuring Clint Barton with Kate Bishop, his protégée. However, in terms of films, Marvel is working on several things such as ‘Black Widow’ and ‘The Eternals’. Furthermore, sequels for ‘Black Panther’, ‘Doctor Strange’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ should be expected in the next few years.
There are a million options, which mean that fans will have MCU films for a long time. Let us know what film you are most looking forward to seeing after ‘Endgame’. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love Marvel just like all of us. See you next time!