The MCU is one of the longest running movie franchises of all time with 17 movies in under 10 years (including next month’s Thor Ragnarök), and it hasn’t been showing any signs of stopping. However, after Phase 3 ends in 2019 with the untitled 4th Avengers film, audiences don’t really know what to expect, and neither does Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios.
In a recent interview, Kevin Feige was asked to elaborate on how the films will be different in Phase 4.
“Well, all I’ll say is the films we are working on now – which take us through to the Avengers Untitled in May of 19 – that’s really all we are focusing on, and we are focusing on bringing, by that point, an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative to a conclusion in a satisfying way.”
“And where we go beyond that? Of course we will go places beyond that. And, of course, we have ideas of where we go beyond that. But, really, it is all good stories. And as the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation said, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ And part of what makes them special, there is a finite quality to the best of fictional stories through history. And we wanted to do that at the end of our first three phases and 22 movies. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time. This is really about 10 years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way.”
Kevin Feige was then asked why there hasn’t been an official announcement for the Phase 4 lineup like there was with Phase 2 and 3 because it’s staring to feel like we’re overdue.
“I think it is. I also think that was a particular event to really announce and showcase Phase Three and I guess set up the expectation of doing something like that every few years. But the notion we are sitting here talking and we have, what, six films yet to be released? That’s more than almost any other single production entity in town has on the docket. That should be enough.”
The MCU will continue into Phase 4, so don’t worry about that, but what it seems like they’re going to do is have a clear ending to many storylines and characters at the end of Phase 3. Phase 4 will be sort of a soft reboot for the MCU because it will leave behind the old characters and carry on with the newer characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to be the first movie of Phase 4 in July of 2019. That’s only two months after Avengers 4, so it’s not like we’ll be saying goodbye to the Marvel Universe for very long.
Source – Uproxx