Marvel Phase 3 is nearing its endgame. When the end-credits roll for Marvel’s Inhumans, the third phase of Marvel’s cinematic narrative says its tearful goodbyes and steps pleasantly to one side, allowing for the brave, the unique, and the new Phase 4 MCU to grow strange but familiar fruit. Wait, is this the end of everything we’ve come to know, love, and salivate over in pre-programmed responses as every new tidbit related to our beloved, Marvel cinematic cast bled resplendently and repeatedly through Twitter and Facebook?? Allow Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, to assuage our anxieties. Is it the end? Absolutely not. Is it a new beginning featuring newer characters guiding us through previously unexplored reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Oh, yes.
“I think you look at comics as a guide,” Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly in their latest issue. “I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases.”
Yes, it seems the introduction of new characters during Marvel’s Phase 3 was all part of the plan, according to Feige. “That’s somewhat intentional to go and explore the other aspects [of the universe].” Marvel Phase 3 was purposed to bind and resolve a narrative, and introduce more characters allowing for a newer vanguard of heroes to guide us through the much larger MCU.
With contracts running out for select actors currently entrenched in the MCU (recasting??), and newer heroes taking center stage, it appears Marvel’s forthcoming host of Phase 4 films might be a moderately different cinematic animal.
What say you? Excited for Marvel Phase 4??
Will we see roles recast, and therefore fewer instances of those roles pervading the canvas of Phase 4?
And just what the HELL is actually going to make up Marvel’s Phase 4? Guardians of the Galaxy 3? Sequels to Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel??
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