Over the next few years, Marvel is certainly pushing the envelope on how expansive their cinematic universe is going to become.
Gone are the days of careful, calculated introductions to characters like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America and a slow build-up of a world where superheroes band together to fight evil. While every introduction and move is still calculated, there are a lot more variables and a lot more stories to consider when we look at the roadmap of the MCU’s future.
For one, the Marvel Cinematic Universe already has a core slate of characters who have been part of the universe for years — characters who are just starting to find their spotlights and became major players like Scarlet Witch, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Then there are the new characters who will be introduced in various upcoming Phase 4 films and shows, most of whom are well known from the comics and will integrate into the universe: Yelena Belova, She-Hulk, Kate Bishop, Ironheart, Kamala Khan, Blade. New groups of heroes like those featured in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and The Eternals are primed to join already existing factions like Guardians of the Galaxy.
All of this begs the question: what will the next Avengers movie look like, and more importantly, when will we see it?
We don’t have an answer for that, but, as we shared in a recent post, we do have theories. And those theories say that we probably won’t be seeing another big Avengers team-up film until at least 2024 at the earliest, given that Marvel currently has 20+ projects in development, some of which haven’t even been announced yet. Then of course, there’s Marvel’s First Family, AKA the Fantastic Four. Despite being confirmed at SDCC two years ago (and then confirmed again during a virtual presentation by Disney in December 2020), there’s no official release date for the movie yet.
Given the importance of the film, it makes sense to either close out Phase 4 or begin Phase 5 with the characters. That could mean that they’re not part of any Avengers-type film that happens in the near future, but it doesn’t mean they won’t become an itegral part of the Marvel Universe.
Basically, even when we do see an Avengers film, it might not look like the cohesive team we’ve come to know and love. But Marvel has always been smart when it comes to planning things out, and even though things seem complicated, there’s definitely a linear path.
For example, Disney+ has been carefully (and stealthily) introducing the Young Avengers, and by the time Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts, that team will be all but pretty much assembled. Those young heroes, many of whom seem primed to be “taking over” for their MCU mainstays like Hawkeye and Hulk, will probably form their own superhero group and therefore can distance a little bit from “bigger” heroes like Johnny Storm and Scarlet Witch…at least for the time being.
One thing is for sure: we still have a clear ways to go before we see a big team-up again, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride of superhero films. The good news is, when we do finally get our next Avengers film, it’ll be even more impressive and explosive than it was when we watched the heroes converge against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. And we can’t wait.
When do you think we’ll see an Avengers group team up again? Let us know in the comments!