When Marvel Studios Brought Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, no one had any idea that we were witnessing the birth of something never seen on such a scale as what the MCU has become in the past thirteen years. With multiple platforms and now multiple universes to deal with, the fourth phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is set up as a completely different beast to The Infinity War Saga which dominated the first three phases. While each of the Marvel stages has told its own stories, all leading to a climax of 20 films in the making, it’s now clear that Kevin Feige is doing the exact same thing again, and the president of the Marvel Studio, though not exactly of the belief that the MCU really split into segments discussed what Phase Four is actually about.
“The definition of phases often evolved with the phase. Often I leave it to writers and journalists to decide. That’s up to the film historians to tell us what the phases were about. Honestly, phase four was always about continuing in new ways.” And new Even with movies that seem to end storylines, there’s a new beginning in them. That was the most exciting thing for us about the possibility of making shows for Disney+, about all of us at Marvel Studios choosing to continue going beyond Endgame and beyond Far From Home, and leaving The Infinity Saga behind for a new beginning. That’s what I think people will look at Phase Four, I hope, as having achieved.”
The concept of new beginnings and redefining what is known about some characters has been more than evident in the early TV shows on Disney+ and in Black Widow, featuring new character introductions from Shang-Chi, the Eternals, She-Hulk, and many more. We’ve seen Wanda Maximoff become Scarlet Witch, Loki discovered himself and what he’s capable of, Sam Wilson found himself and took on the Captain America mantle, and had a good introduction to Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow. With a strong suggestion of the development of the super teams of The Young Avengers and the lightning bolts, the opening of the multiverse and more, it’s almost like we’ve gone back to the beginning of a story that will develop over the next decade.
Although we have also seen confirmation that Deadpool and The Fantastic Four will make their way into the galaxy in the coming years and land the Fox contingent, while we still await an official announcement on how and when the X-Men will make them MCU debut. If this is all part of the “new beginning” that Kevin Feige there’s no telling where or when this particular storyline will find its “Endgame” event.
The slate for the coming years is now pretty much done, with the pandemic largely behind us in terms of theatrical releases, and with Black Widow in theaters now, Phase Four of the MCU is finally underway. With new Marvel content never more than a month away in the coming year, there are plenty of new stories to tell and new characters to meet. With Black Widow by breaking post-pandemic records at the box office, and Loki doing the same on Disney+, Marvel has never been in a better position than now to continue making film and TV history for decades to come. This news originated on Rotten Tomatoes.