Marvel To Reveal MCU Phase 4 Plans After Spider-Man: Far From Home
Marvel has plans.
This month's Avengers: Endgame is said to be the final film in the MCU for its Phase 3. Marvel has plans for many more movies, of course, but don't expect the film studio to announce them anytime soon.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told IGN that he can't even confirm if Marvel will be at San Diego Comic-Con in July because that, in a way, would be "sort of a post-Endgame spoiler."
Feige did confirm that Marvel will start to talk about its Phase 4 films "soon after" Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in July. That film hits theatres on July 5, and San Diego Comic-Con takes place later in the month, so it is at least theoretically possible that Marvel will attend.
Marvel has a five-year plan for new MCU films, and the "first few years of which" will be announced relatively soon, after Endgame and Far From Home, Feige said.
Now that Disney owns Fox, it controls franchises like X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. But will characters from those series join the MCU?
"It'll be a while," Feige told i09 specifically about the possibility of X-Men joining the MCU. "It's all just beginning and the five-year plan that we've been working on, we were working on before [the Fox deal was finalised]. So really it's much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they're home. That they're all back. But it will be a very long time."
Feige went on to say that the next five years of Marvel films is "not apples to apples" in regards to the past and future output from Marvel. "It is two very distinct things and I hope they'll feel very distinct," he said. "But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is, 'How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?' [Then] 'How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.' That's really exciting too."
One of the new Phase 4 Marvel movies could be Shang-Chi, which is Marvel's first superhero film with an Asian lead. It's reportedly the movie that Marvel is filming in Sydney, Australia.