What’s next for Marvel after Phase 3 concludes with Infinity War? A serious shakeup would seem to be in order, and I doubt all our heroes will make it out alive, including perhaps the Hulk and Captain America.
In an interview with Complex, MCU executive producer Nate Moore revealed how Marvel is approaching its expanding universe going forward:
So we’re finishing up what we call Phase 3, which will sort of end with the fourth Avengers film in 2019. And then I think for us, we continue that conversation of, what’s next? Who will be the new heroes who can tell great new stories and bring us to new worlds that we haven’t even had a chance to visit yet, while still expanding on the slate of heroes we have and finding the next step for characters people have come to love? We’re looking for the next best story. And then we let the story tell us what we should be making as part of that one united narrative in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Lots of choices, going forward, for Marvel. They can make a movie about anything. Really, if they can make a movie about Ant Man, then no character is off limits. Seems Marvel is looking for the right characters to tell the right stories, for them to move forward into the cinematic universe.
It’s all driven by storytelling and that tends to mean you get to intersect characters in a fun way. Black Widow’s an interesting example. She was introduced in Iron Man 2, then she was in The Avengers, and the next time you see her is Captain America: Winter Soldier, so it’s almost impartial and more ends up being, where is her story best served? Having that kind of flexibility with the characters is fun because then it’s not about having to bring everyone back because contractually it needs to happen. Instead it’s saying, wouldn’t it be cool if this story collided with that story and gave us this whole new angle?
My take: More superhero shit. I say Phase 4 should be Marvel making a few traditional films, something that doesn’t involve superheroes or men in tights doing battle along our cities’ streets. Because we know Marvel won’t go anywhere any time soon, if ever, and that means the summer at the theater, for however long that lasts, will be dominated by Marvel, DC and FOX, for the most significant part and for the foreseeable future.