Next year will see the release of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp from Marvel Studios. However, these big releases – including the culmination of everything we’ve seen in the MCU so far in Infinity War – are not the only milestones for Marvel in 2018. The year also marks ten years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man in 2008. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has been talking about plans for commemorating the MCU’s 10th anniversary.
Speaking to Collider, Feige said:
“Primarily the movies we’re releasing next year are the celebration of the ten years. Black Panther, obviously Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those are the primary focus. In addition to that, the logo we revealed at D23. I have fond memories in 1987 of Star Wars, the first ten years, ’78-’87. They made a logo, they had t-shirts, they did small stuff. That was during the dark ages of Star Wars, where there hadn’t been anything. Thankfully we’re not in the dark ages right now with the MCU, but I think there’ll be just acknowledgements of the ten years that have come before. There will be some merchandise released and some re-releases in home video. Primarily it is all leading up to the three movies in particular and obviously, Infinity War.”
It sounds like Marvel’s plans for the ten-year mark are relatively small, outside of their cinematic releases. However, with Infinity War featuring just about every hero the MCU has introduced thus far, all joining forces to face off against Thanos, this could be a truly fitting tribute to ten years of Marvel Studios movies. What better way to celebrate a milestone than bringing together everything we’ve seen from Marvel so far?
Asked about when we can expect to hear what Marvel’s got planned for Phase 4, Feige explained:
“It won’t be for a while. Our focus is on the next six movies. Finishing the first three phases, getting Untitled Avengers out into the world on May 19th before publicly focusing on anything else.”
Feige’s suggestion that Marvel would rather draw a line under the first three phases of their cinematic universe before announcing their future plans may mean we’re about to see something very different from Marvel, once the Avengers are done with Thanos. Perhaps, as has been mentioned before, this will be a move away from such solidly outlined and separate “phases”. Certainly, as James Gunn has teased, Marvel will be done with the overarching story that has formed the outline of Phases 1-3.
So what might we see post-Phase 3? When asked about Doctor Strange sequels, Feige certainly implied they are on the table:
“Certainly, we would love to tell more about the Strange story [in a sequel].”
Could the Sorcerer Supreme, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, be leading the charge into Marvel’s Phase 4?
How will you be celebrating ten years of the MCU? What do you want to see beyond Infinity War? Let us know in the comments below!
5 Reasons We’re Excited For ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out on home media and Spider-Man: Homecoming has been playing in theaters for a while now, so it’s time to look forward to the next Marvel movies, the first being Thor: Ragnarok.
The trailer for the film is incredible. The vibe, the action, the set-design, the soundtrack, every element of the trailer screams, “This is a different kind of Thor movie.”
And that’s exactly what we need. Thor: The Dark World was the most easily forgettable Marvel sequel, only distinguishable from the original for its use of fan-favorite villain Loki. Thor: Ragnarok looks poised to switch up the formula, seeming more like a fun intergalactic romp than a brooding space epic.
Judging from the trailer and other positive buzz, there’s plenty of cause to be excited for Thor: Ragnarok. Here are the 5 reasons why. Click next to get started!