End of an Era: What’s Next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Disney has been extremely quiet on what’s next for the MCU. I would like to discuss why I believe that Endgame will be the end of an incredible era of superhero movies.

Avengers: Endgame will be the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Marvel films will continue to come out of course, but it won’t be quite the same as what we’ve been getting the last 10 years. What’s coming next really isn’t a phase IV.

The previous 3 phases of the MCU were all about setting up the Avengers and bring them together along with some allies. The heroes then have their epic 2 part battle with Thanos and that’s the end of their story. While some of the characters from the MCU will continue to get standalone films, it will no longer be in this same context or trajectory.

Spiderman: Far From home comes to theaters only a few months after Endgame. The movie is actually distributed by SONY, who does not have to use their movies to promote another studio. All future Spiderman movies will follow their own path, possibly introducing the Sinister Six. There will likely be some cross overs with other characters, but the MCU will no longer be Spidey’s focus. Sony wants to create it’s own shared universe, maybe including Venom. Also of note is that there is no official word that the film itself takes place after Endgame.

Disney’s acquisition of FOX includes the rights to create movies based on X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and even Deadpool. Disney has been mostly quiet on how they would use any of these properties, but it would make sense to begin creating some films on those properties.

After Spiderman, there isn’t a single MCU film confirmed. Marvel Studios have set aside some dates as place holders, but haven’t announced any titles for the films. The only real information we have is as follows

  • A writer and director have been hired to create a new Black Widow film, rumored to be a prequel.
  • Ryan Cooglar has been hired to direct a new Black Panther film.
  • Scott Derickson has been hired to direct another Doctor Strange film
  • Disney has hired a writer and director for an Eternals film
The Eternals

And…..that’s it. There are some reports for a new Blade film and a Shang-chi film, but large studios always have a ton of movies in development. Many that never see the light of day. The near future of Marvel films will be some continuing stories of current characters, prequel films, and introductions of some new franchises. We will likely have to wait until after Endgame to receive any deatils on any upcoming films.

While there will surely be some good stuff coming out, I just really can’t help but feel that it won’t be able to match the incredible set of films that we’ve seen in the last 10 years. What Marvel, Disney, and producer Kevin Feige have done is truly a remarkable feat and not easily replicable. Here’s to hoping for another great 10 years!

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