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Marvel Studios Really Is Holding Back Phase 4 Titles Until Avengers 4

Kevin Feige confirms Marvel Studios won't reveal any of its Phase 4 plans or titles until next year's Avengers 4 is in the rearview.

Kevin Feige confirms any major news regarding Phase 4 of the MCU won't arrive until after Avengers 4 is released. For the past ten years, Marvel Studios has made a number of gambles at the box office, from risky adaptations to the very idea of a shared cinematic universe. They're not done taking chances either; Avengers: Infinity War will turn the very idea of the MCU on its head by uniting several characters from as many sub-franchises. The film will further attempt to wrap up most of the major plot threads in the MCU thus far, while at the same time setting the stage for an as-yet untitled fourth Avengers movie.

Avengers 4 will then bring Phase 3 of the MCU to a close, which is why so little is known about the film a year ahead of its release. However, this is the first time in awhile in which little is known about the MCU's movie slate for the next couple of years in general. While Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 has an official release date and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is confirmed to be in development, everything else about Phase 4 will be staying under lock and key for the immediate future.

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Den of Geek spoke with Feige about what to expect in Phase 4 of the MCU during their interview with the Marvel Studios president for Infinity War. Feige confirmed to the outlet that the studio won't be making any major Phase 4 announcements until a year from now:

"We won't do anything until after this time next year. After that, I think we'll announce where we're going. But we did a very big announcement in 2014 where we announced a lot of movies, and we added a few movies to it after that announcement. But it really felt important that we deliver on that before we do a big showcase of whatever is to come."

Feige affirmed this is why Marvel Studios won't be at San Diego Comic-Con this year, even though the studio is already planning on having a presence at SDCC in 2019. As he explained, there's really not much reason for Marvel Studios to attend SDCC this year either, given where everything will be at in the MCU by that time:

"That's one of the main reasons we're not going to Hall H this year, is because Ant Man & the Wasp will have just been released, Infinity War will be out, Captain Marvel will have just finished filming, Spider-Man will have just started filming, and we're not gonna be making any other announcements. So we're gonna wait until Comic-Con next year."

Some things have changed since Marvel Studios announced their Phase 3 slate back in 2014; the studio has since worked out a deal with Sony to share the Spider-Man franchise, and ended up moving Inhumans to TV. Otherwise, however, their original (and ambitious) vision for Phase 3 has gone all according to plan. The MCU isn't coming to an end anytime soon either, which means there could be another big press conference announcing the next half-decade of MCU films on the horizon. In the meantime, fans will probably be happy enough just finding out the actual title of Avengers 4.

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Source: Den of Geek

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • 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
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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