Before I get deep into this topic, I’m going to assume you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t, go see it. It really should be seen on the big screen. Alright.
FULL SPOILERS AHEAD.
Avengers: Endgame served as the climax of a 22-episode season from Marvel. The films all led into Infinity War, and then Endgame. We obviously know that we won’t be seeing Iron Man again (barring any flashbacks, holograms, etc), as well as *Black Widow* (I’ll get into this later) in films that take place after Endgame.
What do we know?
We know that on July 2nd, Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out. The film will start phase 4 of the MCU, with the 22 films that before it being part of phases 1-3. A major part of the MCU is gone in Iron Man. We’re going to feel his absence in Far From Home, as we’ve already seen in the trailers that Peter is struggling to cope with the loss of his mentor Tony Stark. First Uncle Ben, now Tony. Peter is really hurting and struggling with the idea of being his own hero, rather striving to be the “next Iron Man”. In Far From Home we’ll see Peter go on a trip to Europe with this class, dawn a few new suits, and interact with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. It’s going to be a blast, and something that I think fans of Marvel, and Spider-Man, in particular, are going to love.
After Far From Home will come some of the Disney+ Marvel shows that they’re going to start working on in the fall. The first of the bunch is Falcon and the Winter Solider with reports that Baron Zemo (Civil War) will be the villain of the show. The Disney+ shows are reported to be about 6 episodes per series. We also know that Marvel announced a Loki show that’s going to take place throughout history. This may incorporate Loki’s disappearance in Endgame, where he took the tesseract and vanished. Disney also announced WandaVision (weird title) which will star Scarlett Witch and Vision (somehow returning) and should start filming sometime next year. The final Disney+ show that’s been announced is a Hawkeye show. We think that the film is going to take place between Infinity war and Endgame where Clint Barton took on the mantle of “Ronin” and became a violent mercenary. That’s the show I’m most excited about seeing.
When it comes to films, a bunch have been rumored to be in development. These include announced are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, The Eternals, Captain Marvel 2, Shang-Chi (which is rumored to begin filming in Australia soon) and I think that’s it? I think there’s a good chance we’ll see Nova incorporated in most likely Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, mainly due to the fact that he was in the original script for Infinity War when Thanos went to destroy Xandar.
Rumors online suggest Marvel won’t include the newly acquired Fox properties (X-Men, Fantastic Four) for at least five years. What has been rumored is that Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn, also known as the Green Goblin, will be Marvel’s next big villain. He’s rumored to have purchased Avenger’s tower. With Norman Osborn will be other villains, such as Mysterio, Scorpion, and more that we haven’t seen.
The most recent Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer suggests that Marvel will introduce the idea of a multiverse into the MCU. If you aren’t familiar with this concept, it’s pretty easy to explain; there are an infinite number of planets exactly like ours in the universe. They share similar qualities to ours but aren’t exact. Watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse if you want a better explanation. The reason I bring this up is that this could be a way Marvel could introduce the Fantastic Four and X-Men down the line. One of the most important names in Disney’s acquisition of Fox is that of Victor Von Doom. The villain is known by comic fans as one of the best bad guys in all of comics. Marvel could very well use him in phase 5, but for now, I think it’s safe to say we won’t have another giant, universe-shaping villain in a while.
As far as Avengers films go, I don’t think we’ll see any for a while. I think Marvel is going to focus more on telling individual stories rather than something like we’ve seen with the infinity saga (past ten years in Marvel). We could see a Young Avengers film sometime. Both Clint Barton and Tony Stark’s daughters are more than likely going to become heroes one day, as well as Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie. We could also see the Dark Avengers, with Norman Osborn playing a key role in this.
Two of the original Avengers that we’ll see films from I think are Thor and Black Widow. There’s actually a Black Widow film being made right now, with Scarlett Johanson returning to the role after she died in Endgame. Most people think that this film is going to take place in the past, similar to how Captain Marvel did. Yet, this is not confirmed. It could take place between Infinity War and Endgame as well, or even maybe post-Endgame? We have no idea. What I do know is that I’m excited to see more Black Widow no matter what time-period her films takes place in.
The other Avenger whose story will continue is Thor. At the end of Endgame, we see Thor becoming part of the Asgardians of the Galaxy. I don’t actually think he’s going to be part of this team for long. Rumors have circulated around Chris Hemsworth’s contract, as numerous sources stating that he’s signed a new deal with Disney and Marvel. There are also rumors that Taika Watiti (Thor Ragnarok) wants to return to direct Thor 4. I think this would be a great idea. Thor is a literal god and lives a lot longer than mere mortals. I also think there’s a lot more story to be told with this character. What I do know I want is more interaction between Thor and Rocket. Those two are just dynamite together.
Honestly, the future of the MCU is pretty uncertain at the moment. We know characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to play an important role in the next phase of Marvel. It’ll be really interesting to see the consequences that four snaps of the infinity gauntlet had on the universe (Thanos twice, Hulk, and Iron Man). What kind of weird things are we going to see happen? Will they introduce the multi-verse? If so, what new characters will we see? There are a ton of interesting questions that Marvel is having us asking. All I know is that I’m excited for the future of Marvel. We’re going to have a ton of fun stories coming.
What do you want to happen in Phase 4 of the MCU? Tweet me @TheTreyinator and let’s talk some Marvel.