– by Nick Doll

The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t ending after Avengers 4 (or Avengers Untitled) in 2019, but the film does represent the end of an era, a sort of conclusion for the past 10 years of MCU films that started with Iron Man in 2008. That being said, Avengers 4 is not actually the end, as there will be a more cosmic Phase 4, which we know already includes Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Avengers 4 is more of an ending for the original core Avengers, as well as the culmination of the long arc involving the Infinity Stones we’ve been hearing about and witnessing for years.

UPROXX had a conversation with Feige, asking the President of Marvel Studios to expand on what he means when he says the end of Phase 3 represents a major change for the MCU:

“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.”

“And where we go beyond that? Of course we will go places beyond that. And, of course, we have ideas of where we go beyond that. But, really, it is all good stories. And as the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation said, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ And part of what makes them special, there is a finite quality to the best of fictional stories through history. And we wanted to do that at the end of our first three phases and 22 movies. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time. This is really about ten years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way.”

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As to why we haven’t seen any Phase 4 announcements, aside from Spider-Man and Guardians, when Marvel Studios made a big show out of Phase 3 in 2014, Feige had this to say about an announcement feeling overdue:

“I think it is. 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.”

Thor: Ragnarok, the 17th movie in the MCU, is out November 3, 2017. It will be followed in 2018 by Black Panther on February 16th, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, and Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th. Then, in 2019, we have Captain Marvel on March 8th, and the culmination of the entire MCU in Avengers 4 on May 3rd.

What upcoming MCU film are you most excited about? With Thanos and the Infinity Stones used up by the end of Avengers 4, which direction would you like to see the MCU take next? Let us know in the comment section below!

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