This really should come as no surprise. I mean, where can you go from Endgame in terms of the brand itself? Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanoff are dead. It only leaves Bruce Banner, Thor, and Clint Barton in terms of the original six. While Black Widow is a Phase 4 film, it’s set firmly within the Phase 3 movies. Most of the Phase 4 films and series are also focusing on a different storyline–one that appears to explore the Multiverse. I don’t think a future team-up film is out of the picture. However, it’s just a question of what direction Kevin Feige wants to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige remarked the following during the Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Eternals documentary:
Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now past their tenth anniversary and with the release of the final Avengers movie, we’ve finally completed a 22-movie Infinity Saga.
It certainly doesn’t get clearer than this–the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed film is the final Avengers movie. In terms of where the MCU goes after Endgame, Feige explains:
“Where do we go from there? Where do we start? What we really wanted to do was two things: start fresh with whole new characters, new storylines, but also go back to some of the deepest richest mythology in all of Marvel Comics…”
Several films and series are also on the way in 2022, 2023 and beyond.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- The Marvels
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
- Fantastic Four (date pending)
- Moon Knight
- Ms. Marvel
- Secret Invasion
- Armor Wars
- Untitled Wakanda Series
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
- Agatha: House of Harkness
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year
- Marvel Zombies
- Untitled Destin Daniel Cretton series
- Loki Season 2
- What If…? Season 2
One untitled film is scheduled for 2023 while four have been set for 2024. We also know Blade, Deadpool, Captain America 4, Shang-Chi 2, and a mutant-centered film are at some stage of development.
Marvel’s future is also within good hands. I trust Kevin Feige in knowing what he is doing. It’s always possible that he’s just playing coy but when it comes to this industry you never say never. I also wouldn’t put it beneath him to set up Young Avengers or Secret Wars. We’ll certainly have to wait and see what happens.
Even if they are not under the Avengers brand, I would certainly expect more team-ups to come in the MCU. Which heroes are involved certainly remain to be seen but Marvel Studios has no shortage of stories and characters for its future.
Except for Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, all the MCU films are currently streaming on Disney+.
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