The last few years as a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan has been, well a little torturous really. With Avengers: Endgame about to hit cinemas we will the culmination of the last 11 years of this story arc, Phases 1 through 3 end with this film. Then what?
We might move on, lets’ wait and see. Some fans might not be capable of just “moving on”.
Moving forward we will be entering Phase 4 – and the head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has recently said in an interview that the new films will ‘appear vastly different’ than the previous 22 films. (21 if you don’t want to count The Incredible Hulk, and lots of people don’t!)
In fact, Feige said “The slate that we’re building over the next five years isn’t apples to apples,” adding, “It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct.”
He continued on to say “But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is ‘How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?’” the producer continues. “[Then] ‘How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.’ That’s really exciting too.”
As we wait to see what our Universe’s mightiest heroes do during Avengers: Endgame, Fiege has said that fans can expect Phase 4 announcements once the film has been released and everyone has had time to digest what happens.
This will also allow more of those internet driven fan theories to develop.
Some of the films for Phase 4 that have been cast (and still rumored) include Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi . Marvel Studios have yet to formally announce any of them. That’s so Marvel, tbh.
The only new film that we have is Spider-Man: Far From Home, due out this July.
Captain Marvel is now in cinemas. Avengers: Endgame will hit theatres on April 24th in Australia, April 25th in the UK and April 26thin the USA.
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When not fangirling over Marvel, DrWho, Shakespeare,Tom Hiddleston, Richard Armitage, Game of Thrones and a large list of pop culture,Jacie listens to a lot of wide and varied music (preferably on vinyl) and is also currently writing a fiction novel a well as dabbling in FanFiction.
In between all that she finds time to be a mother and the occasional acting gig.