What’s next after Avengers Endgame?
Over the past several years, Marvel has carefully mapped out its slate of movies, from Iron Man 2008 to the Avengers: Endgame. After that, however, things suddenly appear much more uncertain.
Marvel hasn’t announced any fixed plans for the future, aside from assuring fans that next 10-20 years are being planned out. But going into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we don’t really know what the next few years look like.
What we do know is that Phase 4 of the MCU will shake things up. Characters like Iron Man and Captain America are no longer be around as Marvel starts to focus the spotlight on the new faces. Meanwhile, characters like Spider-man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel will have more prominent roles. On 7 May 2019 – Marvel revealed movie list for 2020 and beyond. That list also includes several new Marvel movies.
Marvel’s slate will include sequels for Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Gardians of the Galaxy. We’re also expecting a solo Black Widow movie and a film about The Eternals.
MARVEL’S PHASE 4
That brings us to Phase4, which feels like continuation of past ten years and more like a soft reboot. Things should feel a lot different in the coming years. For one thing, fans should expect the MCU to get more cosmic.
Marvel hasn’t clearly stated what its upcoming list of movies looks like, though a number of movies with have quietly been confirmed-we just don’t know when they’ll be released.
Marvel typically shares a roadmap of upcoming movies with audiences. But the studio seems content to focus on Avengers: Endgame, seeing as the movie marks the end of a long and complex narrative arc.
For now, the list of movies below will likely fill Marvel’s Phase4:
• Doctor Strange 2
• Black Panther 2
• Black Widow
• The Eternals
• Gardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
After Dark Phoenix hits theaters in June and New Mutants arrives…on whatever format it’s going to arrive later this year, the 20th Century Fox era of X-Men storytelling will officially be over. Don’t expect to see any live action mutants for quite some time. Marvel Studios is acutely aware of how audiences perceive endless strings of reboots, particularly those that are close together. Sure, they only took two years from the smoke to clear after the generally reviled Amazing Spider-Man 2 to bring Peter Parker back to the big screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that was the different situation, where they had a brief opportunity to strike a deal with another studio to share arguably the single most popular, recognizable character in the entire Marvel Comics stable. That isn’t the case with the X-Men, who are now owned completely by Disney, and whose characters and concepts can presumably be introduced at any time in whatever manner Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios see fit.
After Spider-Man: Far From Home, there are no additional Marvel Studios movies on the schedule for 2019. Assuming the troubled New Mutants actually sees the light of day in 2019, it will be late in the year, so let’s start the clock in early 2020 for a Marvel Studios X-Men project to get put into development. The final currently announced date on Marvel’s schedule is July29, 2022.
We’ll soon be living in a world where the entity of Marvel Universe exists under one banner. Disney are going to need them it if they ever plan to top the visual and emotional spectacle of the Infinity Saga.