When Avengers: Endgame wraps, it'll bring to an end over a decade's worth of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting with Iron Man, Marvel Studios kicked off its Phase One in 2008. Now, the Russo brothers' cosmic epic will drop the curtain on Phase Three -- which has seen war stories, dramas, space sagas, comedies and even the social movement known as Black Panther come to life.
This leaves us wondering what Kevin Feige and company have in mind for Phase Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush about the future of the MCU, but we believe we have an idea what the blueprint could look like.
AVENGERS OF THE GALAXY
With Thanos proving to be the universe's greatest threat, one thing that's abundantly clear is that the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers will be working towards the same goal. It's not just about protecting one or a few planets, but about policing the entire galaxy. Every Avenger is a Guardian, and vice versa.
We believe that in Phase Four there will be a greater synergy with various teams spread across the MCU, and that it'll be more than just Earth-focused stories. After all, Thanos snapped half the galaxy out of existence, so it's clear that, across the cosmos, heroes should be uniting. That's why we believe, whether it's Nova (Richard Rider), the Nova Corps or Carol Danvers leading S.W.O.R.D. to monitor Earth and the galaxy, the MCU will be expanding its scope and have an even bigger cosmic slant to it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was delayed by James Gunn's firing, but what's for certain is that, after Loki brought the Chitauri to Earth in 2012's The Avengers and the Mad Titan came from the depths of space to Wakanda, the planet needs some form of preventative measures to be put in place. Phase Four is the perfect time to really ensure safeguards are implemented off-world so that another "snap" or like-minded tyrant can't throw the universe into chaos again. Plus, we're tired of seeing Earth's heroes at home. Let's see more of them roaming the galaxy and experiencing new cultures and issues, a la Star Trek.