Avengers 4 is set to end the current MCU - with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 picking up the pieces. That makes to sequel a landmark, but Spider-Man: Homecoming is in itself a big milestone for the MCU's continued success as it finally puts the spotlight on arguably Marvel's most popular superhero of all-time into the mix alongside established MCU players like The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Swinging in on a web of excellent critical reviews and sky-high fan expectations, Homecoming looks set to further the MCU's dominance at the box office.
With the MCU though, it's never too early to start looking toward the future, which Marvel Studios is constantly working to shape. Following Spider-Man, this fall brings Thor: Ragnarok, while 2018's playing host to Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. 2019 ends up back in Spider-land, with Captain Marvel, followed by Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.
Avengers 4 will obviously be quite the turning point for the MCU, an impression only furthered by Feige during a recent interview with The Toronto Sun. In the conversation, the producer reaffirmed that the team-up will draw a line under the franchise as it currently stands and revealed that Homecoming 2 will be setting the pace going forward:
"This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there."
While most franchises wouldn't even dare attempt a 22-film arc, the MCU is so far pulling it off with flying colors, and there's currently no reason to expect this part of the saga not to stick the landing. That Spider-Man is the hero chosen to pick up the pieces after what's sure to be a titanic battle with Thanos speaks volume about the character's importance to Marvel, and how creatively vital it was that he finally join the MCU.
As for what those pieces are, we don't yet know and won't for some time. Marvel is being very tight-lipped about the post-Avengers 4 plans, with Kevin Feige saying the future won't even be revealed until after the currently untitled film.
Even though the web-slinger is now in the fold, some wonder if the MCU will ever truly feel complete without Marvel mainstays like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Sadly, signs so far don't point toward Fox taking the Sony route and deciding to cooperate with Marvel Studios anytime soon. Still, at least Spider-Man is now where he arguably belonged the whole time, ready and waiting to deal with the aftermath of Avengers 4.
Source: The Toronto Sun
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019