Marvel is determined to keep the future of the MCU as mysterious as possible. They won't even confirm the title of Avengers 4, insisting that it would be a spoiler of some kind. But, in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Marvel visionary Kevin Feige has now revealed just how high the stakes are for the fourth Avengers movie.
In typical Feige fashion, he avoided giving away anything specific. What he did say, however, was that this will "bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale." Feige's gaze is now turning to the MCU post-Avengers 4, and he explained:
There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.
An End To The Phased Approach
Feige is a master of PR, and he knows just how much detail to give away. That said, this dovetails perfectly with statements Feige made back in April. There, he explained that he was considering ending the MCU's traditional "phased" approach. Post-Avengers 4, according to Feige, "might be a new thing."
That said, we need to be wary of assuming the change will be too dramatic. Remember, Marvel has already confirmed several sequels that will be released after Avengers 4. James Gunn is hard at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Doctor Strange 2 is in the works, and Marvel's signed up to a Spider-Man trilogy in a deal with Sony. The MCU may divide into a "before" and "after" when it comes to Avengers 4, but it doesn't mean that the ongoing story of the MCU is finished.
It's more likely that Avengers 4 marks the end of at least one of the major Phase 1 heroes, as well as of the "phases" that have been a Marvel mainstay up till now. It's an open secret that several major contracts are coming to an end, and fans are particularly concerned for Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Evans's Captain America. Both characters could easily bow out in style during Avengers 4.
The Passing Of The Torch
Meanwhile, Feige has already hinted that the post-Avengers 4 world will orientate itself around Spider-Man. He's explained that Marvel is working on what he called "a five-movie storyline," charting the rise of Tom Holland's wondrous webhead. The specific movies are:
- Captain America: Civil War, which introduced us to the new Spider-Man
- Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first film in the latest Spider-Man trilogy
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers 4
The as-yet-unnamed Homecoming sequel
The original 22-movie arc of the Mcu will come to a close in Avengers 4. The next period of Marvel history will be headlined by Spider-Man. Feige put it like this:
Two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.
Phases 1-3 had centered on Iron Man and Captain America. In 2019, Spider Man will launch the next stage of Marvel movies, whatever that may ultimately look like.
It seems that Avengers 4 is both a beginning and an end. According to Feige, it's a "finale," and fans will be deeply worried about some of their favorite histories. But in true comic book tradition, Avengers 4 is also the launchpad for everything that will come next. The great thing is, Tom Holland's Spider-Man will be front-and-center of that.
[Source: Vanity Fair]