2019’s Avengers 4 will work as a finale to the current version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to producer Kevin Feige. When Marvel Studios first announced their ambitious plan for a shared cinematic universe, many in the movie business were sceptical such a plan could work. Such a thing had never been attempted on that scale, and characters like Iron Man and Thor were considered B-listers at best who would struggle to pull in audiences.
Jump forward nearly a decade, no one is questioning their wisdom anymore. In the years since many other studios have tried to repeat Marvel’s formula for cinematic universes, but many – such as the Dark Universe or the planned King Arthur franchise – fell apart before they even began. The interconnected nature of the movies and characters has become a big selling point for the franchise too, but the MCU is due to look very different following the events of Avengers 4.
Kevin Feige himself has confirmed this in a new, wide-ranging article in Vanity Fair, which explores the success of the MCU over the last decade. Not much is known about Avengers 4 at this time - even the subtitle is being kept a secret, with Feige previously claiming it’s something of a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War. But he does confirm the movie will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.” The producer goes on to state “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”
It’s no surprise Avengers 4 will deliver an epic final chapter, as it will likely mark the last appearance for many of the founding actors and heroes of the MCU. The contracts for Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth – among others – will be up, and Marvel has been hard at work establishing a new generation of heroes like Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man to take over post-Avengers 4.
While some fans may be worried about the current version of the MCU coming to a definite end – and in all likelihood, a few major character deaths along the way – Marvel claim in the same Vanity Fair piece to have 20 more movies already planned. Plus, if Avengers 4 is going to work as a farewell to characters like Tony Stark and Captain America, it sounds like the studio is going all out to give them the sendoff they all deserve.
Source: Vanity Fair
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019