Marvel Studios wasn’t playing around when they came out to San Diego Comic-Con for their Hall H panel this past Saturday. The lineup of Marvel Cinematic Universe stars was incredible, which also included newcomers announcing their roles in future films. And on top of it all, the full Phase 4 slate was revealed, which, for the first time in MCU history, does not include an Avengers movie.
While this is disappointing to think about, the excitement around the upcoming projects is promising enough for the new era, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige seems to agree. According to ScreenRant, Feige provided the perfect explanation as to why the next Avengers film will not be featured in Phase 4.
Feige shared the following with IGN after Marvel’s impressive panel:
“We had a movie this year called Avengers: Endgame, and it is very much an ending, as you saw, to so many of those characters. So Phase 4 is about beginnings, and Phase 4 is about learning new things about characters you already think you know like Black Widow, meeting incredible new characters like The Eternals and Shang-Chi, going on new adventures with Doctor Strange and Thor, and these Disney+ shows which I promise will be spectacular and not what anybody's expecting.”
No Marvel fan can deny that they’ll be missing an epic team-up between the Avengers in the next phase, however it’s true that it’s time to introduce new characters and storylines. It’s bittersweet, but absolutely necessary to keep the MCU fresh and evolving. Plus, without Robert Downey. Jr’s Iron Man, don’t you think another Avengers installment this soon would be just way too heartbreaking? Endgame brought enough tears for a few years, to be honest.
The MCU’s Phase 4 will begin with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, scheduled for a May 1, 2020 release.