With Avengers: Endgame currently whipping up a storm at the box office, which could yet see it take the crown from Avatar, and with Spider-Man: Far From Home set for July 2, the end of Phase 3 of the MCU is upon us. As such, all thoughts are turning to what comes next in Phase 4, and yesterday we discussed some potential new contenders for this. Disney revealed their release dates for the MCU across the next three years earlier in the week, and we know there will be two movies next year and three in both 2021 and 2022.
As of yet, nothing after Spider-Man: Far From Home has been officially announced, but Bog Iger CEO of Disney indicated to investors yesterday that the Phase 4 slate would be revealed sometime this summer. One would assume this would be after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home and could even happen at SDCC 2019 in late July or the D23 Expo in Anaheim in August. Iger was talking with investors on the company’s quarterly investor’s call and whilst he gave no indication of which movies were going to be announced he did say the following.
“If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming.”
Interesting, and it does intrigue me as to whether we are perhaps missing something a little in our predicted slate? We are pretty certain that the two movies in 2020 will be a Black Widow prequel and The Eternals. Once we get into 2021 we think the three movies are likely to be Doctor Strange 2, Shang-Chi, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 3, but we really have no idea about 2022 yet.
Yesterday I wrote about a rumor (related section above) that a Nova movie was being developed and this could certainly be one of the potential movies for 2022, but we have also heard rumblings about a Thunderbolts movie. Not to mention the fact that everyone is expecting the likes of Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp 3, and maybe even the all-female A-Force team up glimpsed during Avengers: Endgame. Also depending on where Sony decide to take things, we could also be looking at a third Spider-Man movie somewhere down the line.
I’ve already heard some fans declare that without Captain America, Iron Man and the Avengers team ups. They have less interest in the next slate of MCU movies. I’d ask those fans to remind themselves of Phase 1 of the MCU, where no one thought Thor, Hulk, or Captain America could work with Iron Man. A decade later and those characters are entrenched in the public consciousness forever more. I have faith in Marvel and I am happy to see how they create some new character and take some of the existing character arcs forward.
Finally, for those hoping to see the X-Men or Fantastic Four, that seems to be something more likely to appear in Phase 5 further down the road. So don’t be disappointed if you do not see any mention of those Fox properties when the next slate of movies is announced.
Are you excited to see what comes next for the MCU? What films would you like to see and what do you think of the rumoured line up I’ve mentioned above? Get your geek credentials out and hit that chat spot below to trade thoughts with your fellow fanboys as always.
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SOURCE: Bob Iger (via Walt Disney Company’s Quarterly Investors Call)