We’ve been hearing about a seismic shift in the MCU for some time now, with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tasked to spearhead a new era of the MCU with his third installment in the intergalactic franchise. Additionally, franchise producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that Avengers 4 will offer a finite ending to the first three phases of the MCU, with Phase 4 introducing an entirely new approach. We’ve already seen recent MCU movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok break the Marvel formula a bit and at least attempt to do something different, but with Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and more Spider-Man on the horizon, the future is looking bright for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Feige was quoted as saying: “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before – intentionally.” The main criticism of the MCU is that all the movies are essentially the same, and it’s a fair complaint. Every Marvel movie is shot the same way, with the same story structure, and pretty consistent tones. And while this has worked up until now, the franchise fatigue is setting in, and it’s time to shake up the formula, focus on weaknesses (can we please get some better villains in here?), and deliver something original and fresh.
Disney CEO Bob Iger also spoke out about what’s to come, including the reveal that Disney is in possession of the rights to over 7,000 Marvel characters, meaning we could conceivably be seeing new additions to the MCU until, well, the end of time. A write-up by the Independent reveals:
“We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate – geographically or in time – from the worlds that we’ve already visited,” Iger explained. Avengers 4 is set to be the major turning point here, with Feige stating the film will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale”.
“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting,” he added.
Avengers: Infinity War is set for a May 4th, 2018, and Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.