MCU fans are keen to find out more about the Phase 4 of the franchise. However, the CEO of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has stated that there won’t be any significant announcements before the Avengers 4 releases in theaters.
Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted in style with Iron Man in 2008 and from a tiny start, it has grown to become the biggest franchise of the day. The Avengers: Infinity War is reportedly one of the costliest superhero movies ever and Avengers 4 to follow, it is hard to imagine the future beyond the time when Captain America and his fellow super-pals thwart the threat posed by the Mad Titan aka Thanos. The plans are clearly etched out for the next two years of MCU and audiences are unlikely to learn much about the future until the start of 2019.
Feige spoke to Collider recently, and he answered the oft-repeated questions about Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he stated that fans would need to wait until they are finished with the “Infinity Saga” before getting to know about the future. (It is not the first time that Kevin Feige has made this kind of a statement about MCU Phase 4).
“It won’t be for a while. Our focus is on the next six movies. Finishing the first three phases, getting Untitled Avengers out into the world in May ‘19 before publicly focusing on anything else.”
He was further questioned on whether he had an idea about the Marvel films coming out in 2020 and he replied in the affirmative. Feige also suggested that there might be another Doctor Strange film in the near future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The first Avengers film was made in 2012, and since then the entire premise of MCU has been heading towards an ultimate showdown, which leads to major questions about the future beyond the challenge posed by Josh Brolin as Thanos. There are undoubtedly various mega stories to handle, but, Thanos’s grabbing that stone studded glove is nearly the grandest that Marvel Comics get. In case the anticipated merger between Fox/Disney happens then it is possible that the X-Men could be a significant part of Phase 4, but, now that the talks are dead, that option is probably off the table.
While the current business model of MCU is not faulty as it tends to create solo films which then lead to bigger team up films every two years, however, Thor: Ragnarok proved the feasibility of introducing some more renowned Marvel faces into the Cinematic Universe. There is the promise of the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy which will lead to a more cosmic Marvel Cinematic Universe; there is no clue if at all there will be any MCU ‘phase’ after Avengers 4 is done and dusted. As long as Marvel Studios and Disney keep hitting the jackpot, we don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t have that.