Kevin Feige and the folks at Marvel Studios sure weren’t lying when they kept saying that “Avengers: Endgame” marked an end to that chapter of superhero storytelling. Since the end of ‘Endgame’ and the beginning of what is dubbed Phase 4, fans have been wondering what all of these new films (and TV shows) are building towards? Well, True Believer, Feige assures you that it will become much more clear soon enough.
Speaking to TotalFilm, Kevin Feige talked about the journey of the MCU in Phase 4 and teased where everything is headed. And by tease, he literally does that, as he doesn’t give anything away in terms of what the overarching story is going to be and where it is all going to culminate. He just wants you to know that there’s a plan and you’ll be privy to it more in the “coming months.”
“As we’re nearing the end of Phase 4, I think people will start to see where this next saga is going,” teases Feige. “I think there have been many clues already, that are at least apparent to me, of where this whole saga is going. But we’ll be a little more direct about that in the coming months, to set a plan, so audiences who want to see the bigger picture can see a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap.”
Phase 4 of the MCU officially began with “WandaVision” at the beginning of 2021 and has carried over with various other films and TV projects including “Loki,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Black Widow,” and “Shang-Chi,” to name just several. So far, there have been five feature films and seven TV series released in Phase 4, with the next project, “Thor: Love & Thunder” hitting theaters next month. Over the course of the dozen or so things already seen in Phase 4, we’ve been dealing with a lot of time-traveling and multiversal storytelling (“Loki,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “What If?” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”). We’ve also seen quite a few old characters pass the torch to legacy heroes (Falcon has become Captain America, there is another Hawkeye, a new Thor, a new Black Widow, etc…).
All told, one of the biggest issues with Phase 4, as a whole, is how scattershot it has felt, as there isn’t a clear direction or purpose that has been revealed yet. However, it appears that Kevin Feige understands the confusion and is hoping that the “roadmap” will become more obvious soon. Will it revolve around Kang (played by Jonathan Majors, seen in “Loki” and soon “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”)? Perhaps there is a “New Avengers” or “Young Avengers” film/TV series in the works that will bring together the new generation of characters? We’ll just have to wait and see.
On the TV side of things, you can watch “Ms. Marvel,” which airs new episodes on Wednesday on Disney+. And over in theaters, you can check out “Thor: Love & Thunder” on July 8.