Marvel Studios Not Done After Phase 3
♦ Over at Vanity Fair, Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige has just revealed that they don’t intend to sit still after the fourth Avengers movie is released…
“[Marvel is] 22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before- intentionally,” Feige informed Vanity Fair.
Avengers 4 will be Marvel Studios’ twenty-second film, and it will conclude the MCU’s Phase 3. The previously-announced Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel would account for two of those 20 post-Phase 3 projects. Additionally, sequels for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and the upcoming Captain Marvel are fairly likely.
That does still leave 15 projects as total unknowns currently – barring any surprise fourth film starring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy, or even, which is a possibility, a fifth Avengers film.
But as Feige said, these films will be “completely different” from the previous MCU films – a statement that Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger reflects – and possibly opens some doors to.
“We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate – geographically or in time – from the worlds that we’ve already visited,” said Iger.
Captain America: The First Avenger was a period piece set in the 1940s while 2019’s Captain Marvel film will be set in the 1990s.
And following the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Feige and writer/director James Gunn have repeatedly used the term ‘Marvel Cosmic Universe’ when referring to that particular corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could be offering a few clues to what we can expect next.
Considering that Thor: Ragnarok has taken $753m as of writing, Marvel would have been insane to let everything finish with the fourth Avengers. However, next year is a particularly Marvel movie heavy year with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp all coming out so we shall have to see which of these really captures cinemagoers’ imaginations and their dollars.