There are going to be a few changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) battles the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War and the still-untitled Avengers 4. Below, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige gives fans a peek into the next phase.
The Next Eight Movies
Marvel has a very busy schedule ahead. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has already been released and is currently smashing its competition at the box office worldwide. In a little over a month from now, Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit the big screen. By November, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will battle it out gladiator-style in Thor: Ragnarok.
But behind the camera, there is also a lot going on. Avengers: Infinity War is still filming in Atlanta and in various locations in Europe. The studio is also set to begin production work for Ant-Man and the Wasp in a few weeks. Then, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will once again assemble in Avengers 4. Finally, Brie Larson will suit up as Captain Marvel in February next year.
So far, marvel has confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a go. Gunn will return to write and direct the anticipated sequel which is expected to come out in 2020.
One movie that fans have been asking about is Doctor Strange 2. The superhero movie which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange was a resounding success but, so far, Marvel has not announced the sequel. In an interview with Collider, Feige revealed why.
“We’re not actively discussing anything past Untitled Avengers other than we’ve dated Spider-Man: Homecoming 2,” he explained, “which wouldn’t be the title, but that’s what we call it because that’s the agreement we made with Sony for the inclusion of Spidey in the Avengers films.”
He also pointed out that Gunn is making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at some point. However, the upcoming eight movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is taking up most of their time. That is why the studio has not really mapped out what exactly the next phase of the MCU will look like.
But Feige assured that they have an idea what the future of the MCU will look like. “[A]nd it’s going to be very different,” he commented.
Saying Goodbye To Old, Beloved Characters And Welcoming New Heroes
Avengers: Infinity War is going to be a massive battle that will likely see a few characters fall down. Many fear that beloved superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America will die saving the universe; the contracts between Marvel and Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are about to come to an end. Both actors have also expressed the possibility of leaving the MCU.
Feige explained that these things do not factor into deciding which characters will survive the battle against Thanos and which will not. Moreover, these things do not worry the studio because, throughout the years, they have created new contracts that enable ideas such as Captain America: Civil War.
“So, it really does right now all start with where we want to take the stories,” he stated. “[C]ertainly as we get to Infinity War there’s a sense of a climax and if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at Untitled, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU.”
Moreover, he commented that he is not sure whether the period after Avengers 4 will even be called Phase 4. Perhaps, it is going to be an entirely new thing as the cinematic universe moves toward space and other dimensions.
Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit the big screen on May 4, 2018. Meanwhile, Marvel’s next movie Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on June 28, 2017.
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