But going into Stage 4, which starts on May 1st, 2020 using Dark Widow and ends November 5th, 2021 with Thor 4, we know there won’t be any fresh Avengers films (of note, we won’t have some new Guardians or Spider-Man movies in Stage 4). Needless to say, this isn’t the conclusion of the Avengers and it is also not the end of epic movies which have all of our favorite heroes in the MCU.
Avengers is Marvel’s most valuable franchise, the glue which holds the entire MCU together. Of course, Avengerswould not be possible without all the individual stories that introduce new heroes and progress their arcs. However, you’d be a lot less interested in seeing a Thor sequel, or a movie that introduces a brand-new hero (or group of heroes) in cinemas on launching day without knowing in the back of your mind that it’ll come together down the street. The same holds for Shang-Chi or The Eternals, films I need to see mainly since they are part of a much larger tapestry of adventures.
Marvel’s ambitious plan all became clear with the initial Avengers movie, although it was many years later that it truly delivered on its promise. Infinity War and Endgame will be the two main events of the MCU so far, and they are even more pleasurable if you’ve seen all of the other standalone movies that preceded them.
Endgame regrettably also marks the ending of an age, with several heroes having been retired. It is time to rebuild the Avengers and get brand new team members to manage the forthcoming threats. At precisely the same time, Marvel may not try and replicate Endgame exactly, when it comes to building up the story.
Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat with The Los Angeles Times at Comic-Con (through ComicBook) and tried to explain what might occur in the MCU’s future.
“I know nothing. I actually know nothing,” McFeely said during the meeting at the conclusion of this post, a conversation that happened before Marvel’s Kevin Feige unveiled all the upcoming Phase 4 titles. There is all these little rumory things, but I don’t know them.”
“All I know is Phase 4 can go in a lot more instructions than any of the previous three phases,” Markus said. “As a result, one, simply because of the doorways that three successful stages have opened. Now they’ve cosmic Marvel accessible; they’ve Doctor Strange cosmic Marvel accessible. There are many directions you can go in now.”
He also added,”Plus if you throw in the Disney+ streaming thing… I think that it’s going to be a stage that is shaped differently than the preceding ones. Something that may spread out in additional directions at once. It is almost inevitable when you keep making these things, and they are all connected, it cannot be on a single straight line, or you are gonna get unbelievably repetitive after a time. So it has to spread.”
The two writers have been involved with the MCU for a few years now, working on the last two Captain America and Avengers movies, but they don’t have any very clear insight about what will happen next. But reading between the lines , it becomes completely clear that Marvel will continue to sprinkle the same magic in the upcoming MCU films. They will all be connected in various ways to a stage where an Avengers 5 movie — whether it’s Young Avengers or Dark Avengers– will probably be inevitable.
At precisely the exact same time, given how thingswere left after Endgame,”you can not raise the stakes,” in the moment, as Markus clarified while talking about the protagonist departures from the MCU later Endgame. What the author was basically saying is that it is time to get a breath of fresh air in the MCU, before continuing to other stories that are amalgamated. Including both brand new heroes, and new crews to bring them to life.
Not to mention that Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, and Guardians 3 were teased for Phase 5, a phase that will also incorporate a remake of Blade. In other words, we are going to get a brand-new mix of super-powered people who are probably to cross paths with each other many years later on. We only need to wait.