The already-sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe will only continue to grow more vast in the coming years. Over a decade of buildup with the Avengers movies and its predecessors will take place in Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie, but that will only complete Phase 3 of the MCU. There’s a Phase 4 coming in the movies to follow Infinity War and Avengers 4, but to this point, their titles and subjects are entirely unknown.
With eight more Marvel movies planned in Phase 3, including the release of Avengers 4, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has a lot of work to do to establish whatever will come in Phase 4. The studio head does not want to divulge information about the mysterious three planned Marvel movies that will come after the third and fourth Avengers movies, and it’s not because of a lack of information about them – it’s because he would give away too much about what’s in store for the Avengers and other standalone Marvel productions.
In a recent Q&A with the Toronto Sun, Feige spoke candidly about the future of the MCU. It’s a high volume of movies that includes the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and the Avengers sequels, in addition to the four planned movies for 2019 and 2020. When asked about what those mystery movies may entail, Feige implied that he can’t go into detail about them because it would spoil information about the other upcoming productions:
“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.”
Feige hinted that Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, would play a bigger role in the future movies and is a “pretty safe bet” make an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. He implied that Doctor Strange is only one of many new characters that will be introduced in future movies:
“But it wasn’t until after the first Avengers in 2012 that we started to chart out what the stories would be for the characters that we already introduced and what new characters we’d want to introduce and Strange was always part of that.”
It’s already known that Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, will make an appearance in Infinity War. It’s also known that Marvel is “showcasing” Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Infinity War after fringe appearances in prior movies. Feige’s comments on the future of the MCU after the third and fourth Avengers movies imply that those two sequels will introduce new characters, settings, or plot devices that have not been revealed.
Not much more is known about Infinity War, beyond the recent location scouting and references to “unexpected team-ups” to come. It’s becoming clear that Doctor Strange will be one of those to bring the Avengers together, but Feige has implied that even more is to come that hasn’t been seen yet. Unfortunately, it will still be nearly two years before the answer comes in those sequels – and for whatever comes after the next two Avengers movies, the wait could be even longer.