Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building itself up from Phase 1 toward the last two films of Phase 3. Marvel has always stated that all the films are connected, and it seems like that is becoming clearer with every new release. The build-up is, of course, for Phase 3’s last two films which are considered to be something sort of extraordinary for the MCU.
Captain America: Civil War had harbored the largest group of superheroes to grace the screen this year, but Infinity War has been touted to house at least 66 heroes in the same movie. All of this to fight the Titan king Thanos who steals the Infinity Gauntlet to destroy the Marvel universe and all that are living in it. The epic showdown will be indeed one for the books, as movie audiences and fans have never witnessed such a large group of superheroes in one movie.
This also raises the question of where Marvel will be headed after Infinity War. Will it be raising the bar with more bigger films or relatively smaller movies? Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answers this question:
“I think it’s possible to have more intimate movies after that, or to have more interesting, unexpected combinations of characters after [Infinity War], absolutely… It never is intentionally about ‘being even bigger.’ Arguably, one of the biggest scenes we’ve ever had in a movie was the airport battle in ‘Civil War,’ and there weren’t world-ending stakes in that scene, there wasn’t an asteroid smashing into a city in that scene, but there was a conflict between the characters that made you feel something… To us, it’s less about continuing to go bigger with spectacle — although in some cases, we will — and more about continuing to go deeper with those character interactions.”
Feige’s example of smaller scales may be a bit bigger to other movies, but this is Marvel after all. So the smaller scale he might be talking about could be Ant Man and The Wasp and even newly released Doctor Strange. MCU will hopefully produce more movies for Phase 4 that cater to audiences sensibilities and not kill off well-loved characters too much.