‘Avengers: Endgame’ set up the end of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
From the beginning, there was an idea. The goal was to bring together a group of superhero characters to see if they could become something more. And that’s exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe did. The post-credits scene of Iron Man introduced the possibility of The Avengers. And the team continued to be the MCU’s biggest draw. Now Marvel has confirmed another entry is coming, but when can fans expect to see it?
The cast and crew of ‘The Avengers’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage‘Avengers: Endgame’ set up the end of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
By all accounts, Avengers: Endgame marked the end of the franchise. After all, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America were co-leads of the Avengers films. And the fourth entry in that series brought both of their stories to definitive ends. So, if Marvel Studios chose to, it could leave Earth’s Mightiest Heroes behind and focus its energies elsewhere.
While the comics certainly offer lots of alternative superhero teams, the MCU has built the Avengers into an iconic big-screen brand. And since the roster shifted a lot in the source material, there’s precedent for a new generation coming in to keep the team alive. With so many superheroes still in play, it’s easy to see someone like Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) taking the lead.
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But Phase 4 will keep Marvel’s signature team off the table
The future of the Avengers remained uncertain after Marvel Studios unveiled its Phase 4 slate. A fifth movie in that series was absent. And Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige ultimately confirmed to IGN that fans have a bit of a wait ahead of them.
“We had a movie this year called Avengers: Endgame, and it is very much an ending, as you saw, to so many of those characters. So Phase 4 is about beginnings. And Phase 4 is about learning new things about characters you already think you know, like Black Widow. [And it’s about] meeting incredible new characters like The Eternals and Shang-Chi.”
Of course, fans have had to wait longer than expected to see Phase 4 officially begin. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic delayed Black Widow a full year. But with WandaVision kicking things off in January 2021, the MCU’s master plan can finally begin to unravel.
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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet