Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke with Collider about what we can expect after Avengers Infinity War. We’ve had a sense that this movie is to be the end of the lengthy story that has been developing over the 22 films that make up phase 1 through 3. Feige confirmed that Infinity War is the end of the story and what comes after Avengers 4 will bring about major changes in the MCU. In his sly way he shared but didn’t share much:
“We have an idea, and it’s gonna be very, very different.”
Feige even hints that the next group of films may not be called “Phase 4”.
“Certainly as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU […] I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”
Infinity War and Avengers 4 were initially being produced simultaneously but when the production became to complex, and probably to expensive, the films were split up. The future of iconic actors Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. has also been questioned. Both actors have mentioned the possibility of moving on from these characters when their contracts are up. Phase 4, or whatever it’s called, could be an opportunity to recast those roles or simply bring in new characters.
It’s a litlle scary to think about the filmmakers messing with a proven formula but that’s also what makes the Marvel movies continue to be so successful. Films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier have stretched beyond the simple super hero genre and we expect future Marvel films to continue to reach beyond the boundaries of the stereotypical tights and fights comic book movie.