– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For a long time now, we’ve been approaching the inevitable end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that time, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has repeatedly said stuff along the lines of Avengers: Endgame being the culmination of all 22 films so far. So while there have been three amazing Phases so far, there is a definite, undeniable throughline through all of them. But what should we call this bad boy?

In a recent issue of Empire Magazine (via CBM), Feige himself dubbed the first 22 films of this ever-growing universe The Infinity Saga. That’s right. While the Infinity Stones didn’t really play a prominent role in most of Phase 1, it’d be disingenuous to say that they played no role. In Iron Man 2 we got our first look at the Tesseract (back when the hardcore fans were like “OMG it’s the Cosmic Cube!”), and it a played a much bigger role in the first Captain America and Avengers movies. So, all in all, it’s a fitting moniker.

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“We wanted to bring to a conclusion a series of movies in a way that had never been done before,” Feige told the outlet. “Harry Potter had an ending because there were only so many books. Lord of the Rings too. But we thought, 22 movies in, wouldn’t it be fun to bring some finality to the storyline?”

Boom. Infinity Saga. I like it. And I like the idea of having different phases making up each Saga, and the sagas themselves making up the Cinematic Universe as a whole.

But what will Avengers: Endgame bring an ending to? Iron Man? Cap? All six initial Avengers? Okay, that last one is pushing it. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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SOURCE: Empire (via CBM)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.