The Marvel Cinematic Universe will expand to over 70 comic-book characters who are likely to appear in Avengers Infinity War and Avengers 4. The final two movies of Phase 3 are two independent movies without any major inter-linkages. In the first part, Thanos will collect all the mind gems and may even assemble an Infinity gauntlet, cause a global catastrophic event and then in the next part, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy will unite against an invincible adversary “The Mad Titan” to save the world.
There isn’t much news about Marvel phase 4 but there is a reason why that is the case. The Marvel president Kevin Feige said that he wants to first focus on winding down of the overall narrative of phase 3 before he begins to think further. But it seems he is contradicting himself and you will see why. Here’s what he said to Uproxx:
“I think it is overdue. I also think that was a particular event to really announce and showcase Phase Three and I guess set up the expectation of doing something like that every few years… But the notion we are sitting here talking and we have, what, six films yet to be released? That’s more than almost any other single production entity in town has on the docket. That should be enough.”
He is unsure if the next phase would even be called phase 4. He added:
“Well, all I’ll say is the films we are working on now — which take us through to the Avengers Untitled in May of ’19 — that’s really all we are focusing on. And we are focusing on bringing, by that point, an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative to a conclusion in a satisfying way.”
He finally said,
“Marvel Studios has a new direction filled with “good stories” beyond Phase 3. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time. This is really about 10 years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way.”
Previously, Kevin Feige had teased the phase 4 of Marvels cinematic universe and is touting it as something never seen before in Marvel films. He said, “I think you look at the comics as a guide, although some titles get rebooted or re-launched, the narrative exists on a never-ending continuum”. What this really means is if the studio decides to cast someone else in place of an established character, everything that has happened in the past will continue to exist. He is indicating that Marvel may bring Kate Bishop into the cinematic universe as a new Hawkeye in place of Clint Barton (as he may have family issues) or Sam Wilson (The Falcon)/ Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) dons the mantle of Captain America, as there are 11 different avatars of the character but it wouldn’t erase the Steve Roger’s past. In this case, Captain Marvel will assume a leadership role in Team Avengers.
He further said that Marvel’s phase 4 will mark a new beginning and a very distinct chapter comprising of the finality of all the previous phases. It would probably include The Inhumans, Black Panther sequel, Captain Marvel sequel, Dr. Strange sequel, Guardians of the galaxy 3 etc. One thing which is absolutely clear looking at the roster of superhero movies in the pipeline is that we will see a huge influx of mysticism and magic in Marvel movies in phase 4. The big villains could be Dormammu, Mephisto who are powerful cosmic villains who can fill the void post-Thanos extinction.
Well, all the best to MCU! Keep up the great work.