One Marvel follower attempts to map out MCU's release slate from Avengers 4 and beyond. Despite still having three more films left for Phase 3, people are already looking far ahead for the famed superhero franchise. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said that there won't be any Phase 4 announcements until next year, but that won't stop fans from guessing what the future holds for the film series.
There are supposedly already 20 films in-development over at Marvel Studios following Avengers 4, and if they stick to a three-film-per-year production pattern, that slate would last them until 2026. Recently, Feige shared that he had just meetings about their 2024-2025 projects, which means that he and his team are almost finished planning seven years' worth of MCU films, and chances are that the existing blueprint still doesn't include possible X-Men and Fantastic Four characters once the Fox/Disney merger is finalized.
A Reddit user with the handle tewaiarangi tried their hand at mapping out what MCU's mysterious Phase 4 would be, starting with the two confirmed films coming out after Avengers 4, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 - which is scheduled for a July 2019 release and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - which will likely debut in May 2020. Following those two properties, the creator depended on sequels of already established characters such as Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and a brand new Avengers film that he titled Secret Wars and scheduled for May of 2022. Check out the complete mock-up timeline below:
Looking at the slate, there are two interesting choices that the fan made - first, scheduling the in-development Black Widow standalone on July 2020, and second, a fourth Thor film titled God of Thunder for July 2022. Although chances are that the Scarlett Johansson-led flick will be coming out fairly soon - it occupies a similar spot on our own set of predictions for Phase 4 - the second one is definitely more of a guess (maybe even wishful thinking). Avengers 4 may be Chris Hemsworth's swan song in the MCU, with his contract ending after next year's ensemble flick. That said, with the renewed interest in the character thanks to Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, it's not outside the realm of possibility that there might be more in store for the character.
Some of these predictions are solid considering where the MCU is right now, but it's also important to note that the franchise steadily expands by introducing new IPs every year, and the above predicted slate continues no new sub-franchises at all. So far, Nova, Moon Knight and The Eternals have been thrown into the conversation but no confirmation has been made. That said, with the lore opening itself up for more cosmic adventures with Captain Marvel and even the twin Avengers sequels, fans should expect more stories set in the cosmos. Earlier today, it was reported that Marvel Studios is eyeing to launch a new premiere franchise other than the Avengers. Between those plans and the imminent return of the Fox Marvel characters to Marvel Studios, it's safe to say that Feige and his team have no intention of slowing things down any time soon.
- 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 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019