This post contains SPOILERS for Thor Ragnarok
The promotional push for Avengers: Infinity War is getting started this week with a cover story in Vanity Fair, so it's time to see what the outlet has revealed during their coverage. Set up as the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, Joe and Anthony Russo's latest franchise production is going to be a film event unlike any other, bringing together essentially every living character in the property thus far for a showdown against the Mad Titan, Thanos. Marvel Studio started revving up the hype train over the summer when they showed a sizzle reel at the D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, but the general public has been left in the dark.
That is about to change in a major way. Marvel boss Kevin Feige promised fans the first Infinity War trailer would arrive before the end of the year, and now the countdown as we wait for official footage. As a primer, the MCU was the subject of Vanity Fair's latest cover story, and much like the magazine's reporting on The Last Jedi, there are several interesting nuggets of information for viewers to enjoy. We're doing a rundown of the biggest items here, beginning with Marvel's future.
Avengers 4 Is A 'Finale'
While Infinity War is commanding most of the attention now (for obvious reasons), its untitled sequel due in 2019 is also a hot point of discussion. That film marks the end of the MCU's Phase 3, and it will be quite different from the conclusions of the previous two phases. Feige himself stated this will be "a finale," meaning a definitive end that closes the books on one incredible run. The cover story mentions "at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields," so there should be some emotional farewells. However, Marvel will still be going strong.
Marvel Has 20 Movies Planned After Avengers 4
Marvel Studios is noteworthy for planning their release slate years in advance, formulating a plan that comes into fruition. That being said, few would have expected they would be thinking this far ahead. By the time Phase 3 wraps up, the MCU will be 22 movies in, and 20 more will be on the way. Obviously, details were not revealed at this juncture, but we do know a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is on deck for 2019 and James Gunn is busy writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and those two should set the stage for the following decade. It will be exciting to learn what else Marvel has in store, as it sounds like they'll have plenty of material to sustain Hall H panels from now until the end of time.
Marvel Studios Has The Rights To 7,000 Characters
The MCU has turned obscure properties like Guardians of the Galaxy into household names, but Fiege and his team have barely reached the bottom of the barrel in regards to finding more movie ideas. Disney CEO Bob Iger told Vanity Fair Marvel Studios has the rights to 7,000 characters, and in the future, the MCU will be taking viewers to whole new places they haven't seen before. Even if the House of Mouse never strikes a deal to acquire 20th Century Fox (which would allow X-Men and Fantastic Four characters to fall under the MCU umbrella), they're not about to experience a content shortage. And with Marvel developing a sterling reputation over the past decade, they shouldn't have any issues making even more lesser-known characters big stars.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019