There are few certainties in life. Death, taxes, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are the only three things we know will never, ever leave us. Fortunately, that last one is actually pretty cool, so we’re ok with it continuing, ahem, infinitely. Phase 3 of the MCU grand plan begins in just a few weeks when Captain America: Civil War (read our review here) hits theaters, but what’s the plan beyond these next 10 films in 4 years? What will Phase 4 have in store for us and these beloved characters?
Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige, is currently making the round promoting Civil War. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the subject of Marvel’s future (like, FUTURE future) plans came up. While he (naturally) did not give us any concrete information, he at least hinted at the direction his vaunted Cinematic Universe will be taking.
I think you look at comics as a guide…I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases.
With the Inhumans movie potentially changing its release date, this means Avengers: Infinity War will act as the end of Phase 3 and wrap up the story Marvel has been telling ever since 2008’s Iron Man. That’ll be 11 years and 23 movies (plus the various TV shows) worth of storytelling. Which certainly makes it sound as though Phase 4 could act as a reboot of sorts for the MCU. There are both real world (contracts, actor burnout, etc.) and creative (fans growing weary of certain characters/stories) reasons why Infinity War could be a very real END to what we’ve seen so far from Marvel Studios, and that Phase 4 could look like an entirely new universe.
Civil War and Infinity War co-director Joe Russo explained how the three films (remember, Infinity War will be a two-parter) will serve to frame the story of Phase 3.
Things always get deconstructed, right…You build things up and people enjoy the experiences you’ve built up. But then you kind of reach an apex or you reach a climax, a moment where you go, ‘This structure is really going to start to be repetitious if we do this again, so what do we do now?’ So now, you deconstruct it. We’re in the deconstruction phase with Civil War and leading into Infinity War, which are the culmination films.
Aside from the War films, everything else in Phase 3 takes place either off-world (Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy 2) or introduces new characters to the mix (Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel). As such, Phase 4 could feature sequels to all of these first-time films, though we will probably at least see Guardians 3 at some point. There’s also Spider-man to consider, who will have his first Marvel Studios solo film come out in 2017. He could get a sequel in Phase 4 as well. Beyond that, Marvel could work out a Spidey-esque deal with Fox for either the Fantastic Four or X-Men franchises to crossover with the Avengers (FF being the more likely of the two given how terribly last year’s film did at the box office). With characters like War Machine, Falcon/Winter Soldier, and Valkyrie (maybe) becoming prominent MCU players, the groundwork has been laid for them to possibly take over the reigns from the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, to say nothing of Ant-Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, and Vision. It’s not like Marvel’s at risk of running out of characters any time soon, which means they still have plenty of stories left to tell.
Captain America: Civil War opens nationwide on May 6th.
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