Since its first film way back in 2008, Marvel Studios has become Hollywood’s leading superhero movie provider. With this month’s Doctor Strange, the studio have released 14 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Iron Man. The franchise has earned a ridiculous amount of money, raking in over $10.5 billion worldwide. An incredible figure. Despite the studio’s success and such, there are still many problems within the MCU which Marvel Studio President, Kevin Feige, is trying to fix. The previously mentioned Doctor Strange came under scrutiny when the film changed a typically Asian character, into a role for a white woman. Of course, we are referring to Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One. The studio has also been backlashed with a lack of African-American leads, but 2018’s Black Panther features an incredible cast, led by Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o.
While all of that is in the distant future, what is also beyond is Marvel’s fourth phase of superhero films. Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to open on April 25 in 2018, is the last film in Marvel’s third phase, and will apparently, lead directly into the fourth phase of movies. When Feige was asked why no major announcements have been made in regard to phase four, the talented producer simply remarked:
Where we go after Avengers; what those 2020 films are, we’re pretty sure what those are going to be… but if I tell you that, we’re getting into spoilers.
Now, here is what I am thinking, and I, like you, am just a mindless fanboy. But, I think some of those projects after 2018 will not include characters like Iron Man or Thor. I think Captain America will hang around, but I am almost certain it won’t be Steve Rogers underneath the mask. You’d assume Bucky will take it on, right? Phase Four has been rumoured to be a re-introduction of sorts, to the MCU, with characters like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel taking the lead. Could we see an introduction of Miles Morales, or even a female Thor?
With the highly praised announcement of Black Panther‘s cast, as well as Brie Larson joining the MCU as Captain Marvel herself, it seems as if Marvel are taking every criticism on the cheek, hoping to make better quality films for everyone. But what do you guys think? Are you excited for more, and more, Marvel movies? If the quality of film never dips, I am on board forever. Are you excited for the next MCU adventure?