The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a pretty solid run so far. There have been over a dozen films, and on there slate are eight or so more coming our way. Whether or not you actually like the films, there is no denying that Marvel Studios brought about an entirely new trend in filmmaking when it executed its cinematic universe. Since then, other studios such as Warner Bros and Legendary have started making more shared universes of their own, but none are anywhere near as far along as Marvel.
Their first phase consisted of six films, as did Phase 2. Phase 3 currently consists of a whopping ten films, including two Avengers movies â€” and thatâ€™s not even counting Captain America: Civil War, which had more Avengers in it than either Avengers film thus up to that point. Needless to say, the keep ramping up the scope of each phase.
But what about the elusive Phase 4? What plans does Marvel have beyond past 2019? So far, we know itâ€™ll likely involve Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (and perhaps Doctor Strange 2, but that one isn’t confirmed), but what do they have planned for us in a general sense?
Speaking with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed Phase 4, and how it may not be what we expect.
â€œWeâ€™vebeen lucky that [contract expirations] havenâ€™t factored in too much. Weâ€™ve had people under contract for certain films, then weâ€™ve had new ideas and new directions like Civil War like we wanted to do, and weâ€™ve been lucky enough to make new contracts. Or Spider-Man: Homecoming, the cast has been awesome in their enthusiasm for the direction and the storylines that weâ€™ve been telling. So it really does, right now, all start with where we wanna take the stories. Certainly as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time weâ€™re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.â€
That suspicious sounds like Feige doesnâ€™t really know himself. Well, considering they still have a lot of movies to churn out between now and 2019, thatâ€™s kind of true.
â€œWeâ€™re not actively discussing anything past untitled Avengers, other than weâ€™ve dated Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 â€” which that would not be the title but thatâ€™s what we would call it â€” because thatâ€™s the agreement we made with Sony for the inclusion of Spidey in the Avengers films, and James Gunn doing a third Guardians of the Galaxy at some point. But really the whole focus of Marvel Studios is, counting Guardians 2, the next eight films that are gonna take up all of our time.â€
But donâ€™t think they have NO idea where to go next.
â€œWe have an idea [of what the MCU looks like post-Infinity War], and itâ€™s gonna be very, very different.â€
Considering that we canâ€™t go a week without hearing about superhero fatigue, thatâ€™s pretty good to hear. Yes, audiences like a lot of the same things, with some slight changes made, but given that weâ€™ve been getting that for the past decade or so, itâ€™s important that Marvel continue to shake things up so the industry doesnâ€™t grow stagnant. Whatever they have planned for us down the line, he can rest assured that weâ€™ll be waiting.
What do you hope to see out of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know in the comments down below!
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