Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has revealed why there hasn’t been much news about Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: it’s because he wants to focus on wrapping the overall narrative of Phase 3 before addressing the future.
Speaking to Uproxx about Phase Four and the announcement of Phase Three’s films, Feige said, “I think it is [overdue]. I also think that was a particular event to really announce and showcase Phase Three and I guess set up the expectation of doing something like that every few years… But the notion we are sitting here talking and we have, what, six films yet to be released? That’s more than almost any other single production entity in town has on the docket. That should be enough.”
Previously, Feige has touched on Phase Four, unsure if it would even be called that, but promised things “will be very different.” As for Phase Three, it will wrap up with the fourth Avengers movie in 2019, which is what Feige wants fans to fixate on instead. The upcoming Avengers film revolves around Thanos seeking the Infinity Gauntlet, much to the chagrin of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Well, all I’ll say is the films we are working on now — which take us through to the Avengers Untitled in May of ’19 — that’s really all we are focusing on,” he said. “And we are focusing on bringing, by that point, an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative to a conclusion in a satisfying way.”
According to Feige, Marvel Studios has a new direction filled with “good stories” beyond Phase 3. “How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time,” he shared. “This is really about 10 years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.
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