If there is one thing about life that is certain, it’s the fact that Marvel Studios has planned out their next 30 films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, is well known for their well-developed stories and connected characters. Soon we will enter into the fourth phase of the MCU superhero films. The phases are sets of films, for example, the first introduction of Iron Man and Captain America was phase one. They used phase two to introduce the minor heroes. This includes the introduction of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Ant-Man.
The mass of superhero goodness that we are currently experiencing is Marvel’s phase three, otherwise known as the Infinity Saga. This is the introduction of the interstellar story arch of the infinity stones. This phase will be completed after the release of the Avengers series’ fourth installment which has yet to be named.
The story is supposed to start after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” however, it will be less of a part two and more of its own standalone film. Before its release in 2019, we still have “Avengers 4,” “Ant-man and The Wasp” as well as “Captain Marvel” to look forward to.
A huge question is “What will happen at the end of phase three and how will Marvel begin the next phase?” Well the ending of phase three is for the most part unknown aside from some confirmed sequels taking place in phase four like the second installment of Marvel’s Spider Man, not to be confused with Sony’s previous adaptations of Spider Man.
The ending of phase three, however, is almost guaranteed to have quite a bit of death. Some character deaths may be for story development and others might be for financial reasons. Robert Downey Jr. cost a whopping $200 million to play Iron Man in the new “Avengers: Infinity War.” There is a good chance he doesn’t make it to phase four because of how expensive he is.
Phase four is going to be used to introduce a whole new set of characters, but Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has said he is not releasing any information about phase four until the release of the fourth Avengers film.
“Ideally, I think that’s what we’d like to do.” said Feige in an interview with reporter, Charles Barfield, with The Playlist. “We did a big event a couple of years ago where we announced like ten movies between 2014 and 2019 and we haven’t delivered all of those yet and we haven’t delivered the promise when we made that really big deal of announcing all those movies. And so now to make a big deal of ‘even more movies, before the movies that we already announced! Doesn’t seem like the right thing to do.”
It is safe to say that we won’t truly know what is going to happen until the the next Avengers; however, it is very likely that there will be leaks throughout the year. A leak is when either an employee or an outside source manages to release information on the internet. Accidental leaks about films is very common. Actors can post on Instagram and accidentally reveal too much. We will most likely know more about the films before Marvel announces any set dates or characters.