The Marvel Cinematic Universe has paved the way for franchises in Hollywood today. Since the debut of its first film, Iron Man, to its latest film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, superhero fans have experienced a one-of-a-kind thrill ride. It has been 11 years and 23 movies of pure excitement including the edge of your seat battles, emotional tragedies, and shocking revelations.
But with Phase 3 behind us and Phase 4 of Marvel’s master plan on the way, it’s important to ask: what’s next?
[Full spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead]
After the events that transpired in Avengers; Endgame, there’s a wide gap among our heroes. If it wasn’t for Tony Stark agreeing to go through with the time traveling mission, retrieving the Infinity Stones, and sacrificing himself by snapping his fingers, fifty percent of the universe would still be non-existent. Many label Endgame as Marvel’s best—whether it was when Thor “went for the head” or Captain America wielding Mjonir and battling the almighty Thanos, those are unforgettable moments in the MCU that made fans roar with joy and applause.
Next Spider-Man: Far from Home swung into theatres. Peter Parker (Tom Holland), still grieving over the death of Tony Stark, goes on a class trip overseas to Europe. However, this trip is filled with chaos where he meets Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhal). After seeing the film three times, more easter eggs were noticed that some may have not seen. For example, when Peter’s E.D.I.T.H. glasses tried focusing on the bus driver, it read “encrypted” in red letters. Also, did anyone catch his name? Dmitri. Does that ring a bell die-hard Spidey fans? With Vulture and Scorpion imprisoned, Mysterio supposedly dead and Chamaeleon on the loose, can we be on our way to the Sinister Six?
In addition, with Peter’s identity revealed to the world and Stark out of the picture, who wealthier to elevate New York City and other places back to normal than Norman Osborn? You can add Shocker or introduce Kraven the Hunter to complete the alliance. If so, we are in store for interesting storylines regarding the future of the MCU and our favorite web-head.
The aforementioned Phase 4 is approaching. Two weeks ago at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed what’s next. Disney+ will be streaming some of Phase 4’s newest shows such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If?, Loki and Hawkeye.
As for movies, we have Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings, a reboot of Blade, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love & Thunder, featuring the return of Natalie Portman. Not to mention the follow-ups to Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel as well.
Lastly, since Disney purchased 20th Century FOX last summer, the opportunities to merge Deadpool, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four into these storylines are inevitable.
Another question fans ask is; who’s the next big villain? There’s the potential debut of lethal threats like Kang the Conqueror or the highly anticipated introduction of Galactus, “the Devourer of Worlds.” No matter what direction they go in, the MCU has plenty to work with and we have plenty of time to be awed again.