In Hall H on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con Kevin Feige revealed the next three years of MCU movies in what is being called Phase 4 of the MCU. One of the surprising things about this reveal was that there was no team up event movie at the tail end of it, causing some fans to ask when the next Avengers movie would be?
The movies announced for Phase 4 and the next three years are Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and finally Thor: Love and Thunder. We also know from Feige’s own mouth that coming along afterward will be Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and that probably leaves us with three more movies to round out years four and five. One of these movie is likely to be Blade starring Mahershala Ali, as we have heard Blade is a movie and not a Disney + show.
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So by my thinking we have at least four confirmed movies (including Blade) and likely two that have not been revealed at all, and I’d guess that one of these is likely an ‘event movie’ i.e. Avengers 5. Feige didn’t reveal the plans for year four and five, but speaking with MTV News the Marvel Studios head said he considered it and has the plans for the next two years planned out. Check out the video below or skip past it for my transcript of the conversation below that.
#AvengersEndgame was the end of an era, and #Marvel Studios president #KevinFeige confirmed to us at #ComicCon that the next class of @Avengers will be a “very different team than we’ve seen before.” We also asked if Phase 4 of the #MCU might be planting some big clues 👀 #SDCC pic.twitter.com/4mxOTmmJ0u
— MTV NEWS @ SDCC (@MTVNEWS) 21 July 2019
MTV News asked Feige if he was already planting seeds for the next crossover event, and if Phase 4 plants these seeds the way Thanos was early on in Phase 1?
“Uh, yes, we debated what we should announce today. Should we announce Four and Five? We’ve planned them out, we’ve got five years down the road and I was like, I think eleven projects in two years is plenty, having not mentioned anything for two or three years.”
I totally get why Feige didn’t feel the need to share a full five years with us yet, and who knows what might change? I am going to make a big assumption that some of these plans might depend on what Sony decides to do next with Spider-Man, though that seems like a formality given that Spider-Man: Far From Home has already become the highest grossing Spider-Man movie of all time.
The outlet also asked Feige very specifically if Phase 4 was building to ‘something’, here was the Marvel Boss’s response.
“Well, it’s what I love about the Marvel comic method of storytelling, that’s not anything we invented. I love that things build up, they build to a crescendo, they all get together, they separate, they change. And now that we get to do that, not just in the movies, but on these mega-event series on Disney+, just has invigorated all of us at Marvel Studios to keep going.”
A little more coy here as one would expect, Feige will want to leave that surprise to happen naturally within the movies themselves, just like we naturally worked out things were moving towards the Infinity Stones in phases 1-3 of the MCU.
If I was to take a guess right now about years four and five I’d guess this. Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 and a big ass Avengers movie crossover. However, those last two are complete shots in the dark from me at this point. That’s also me just considering the movies slate, who knows what treats could be in store for Disney + over year four and five? I don’t expect us to hear anymore about 2023 or 2024 until probably SDCC 2021 at the very least, but who knows?
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SOURCE: MTV News (via Twitter)