As we approach 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Fiege has stated to Vanity Fair there’s plenty more where the last 17 came from and that there’s big changes coming in the future. What could that mean? Well, almost certainly some dead characters, but on top of that possibly a tonal shift as well?
Fiege was quoted recently as saying “There are another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally”. Completely different? I think that may be a stretch, there will still be superheroes and villains. But a bunch of our favourite, most familiar avengers passing on and a very different team? I think that’s very possible.
Fiege says that Avengers 4, that’s the one after next year’s Infinity War, will “Bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale”. Of course there is an element of contradiction to hinting at “a finale” to the current MCU films whilst also talking about the next 20 movies in the universe.
He then goes on to say “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting”. Big words that suggest again that deaths are coming to the MCU. However, that’s what I’m expecting, and he says it won’t be what we are expecting, so Im not actually sure what he means. Perhaps Disney have secretly bought the rights to My Little Pony and there’s going to be an amazing crossover. That would be unexpected.
Marvel’s momentum has only been gathering pace since 2008s Iron Man, and as a fan to hear these comments hinting at some real comic world altering events on the big screen is very exciting. I’m also curious as to what the tone and feel of the new films will be. Will Marvels pretty light, colourful and fun world remain or will things get a bit darker to allow for some characters we haven’t seen before like perhaps Moon Knight, or even Blade, appear on the big screen.
Netflix’s little slice of the MCU has a completely different feel to the movies, and perhaps the new phase after Avengers 4 will be closer to that tone. You certainly couldn’t put the Punisher from the show that’s just been released into a Spiderman film. He brutally kills everyone he deems deserves it and it’s all shown on camera. I’d personally like to see Marvel produce movies closer to that tone.
We only have 6 months to wait until we get Infinity War where a lot of the answers will begin to become clear. We only have to wait mere hours for our first glimpse of Infinity War though, with a trailer dropping in the next 24 hours. I will repost that on various social media platforms so keep your eyes open for that.
Here’s hoping it’s a good one!