The Marvel Cinematic Universe could well be over by 2019. This is in regards to some recent comments made by Kevin Feige. Here’s what he said,
What happens after [Phase 3] will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”
This only points to one thing that either Marvel is bringing their esteemed Cinematic Universe down for a new thing or completely re-booting it. But acknowledging the fact that Marvel movies have been printing billions for Disney, it might not happen. Keep aside the fact that Feige is very articulate in handling Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It is most likely that Marvel Cinematic Universe, will continue, but this time “phase-less”.
The contracts of the heavy-weights, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth run out after Avengers 4 in 2019. However, to carry the ship forward, new characters and arcs are already being set up. Will they be killed off? Or, Simply retire and pass the baton? This is something all the fans are looking forward to. Thus, Marvel will form a “New Avengers” team to carry this journey beyond.
As of now following films are to be released as part of Phase 3 which began with Captain America: Civil War and was followed by Doctor Strange:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers 4
After Phase 3 only two films are confirmed, i.e, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
We might also see a Black Widow solo flick, which fans have been gunning on for, like forever. Also, the introduction and sequel to Marvel Cinema’s latest superheroes Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel can be counted upon.
There’s also a possibility that Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor could hand over their responsibilities to people like Rhodey and Bucky Barnes. Currently in the comics, Riri Williams has taken over Iron Man as Iron Heart, Sam Wilson is Captain America and Jane Foster is Thor.
So a lot of speculation is going around. The phase model has worked pretty well for Marvel and they might not like to break it. But all of it has been connected to a single thread, i.e. Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. Thus, Feige’s comments are understandable. We might see a cyclic change, for what it is worth to the studio.
Let us wait and hope for the best!