Each of Marvel Studios’ film “phases” have been quite different. The first involved establishing these heroes. and then brought them together. The second saw more auteur driven takes along with introducing minor new characters to flesh out the universe.
Phase Three kicks off in a few weeks with “Captain America: Civil War” as the Avengers become fragmented and the long teased Thanos comes into play – all culminating in the “Avengers: Infinity War” event at the end of this decade. Beyond that though is where things get tricky.
With most of the cast’s contracts coming to a close during the third phase, specifically with the “Infinity War” saga, it means there’s understandable talk that the fourth phase will be something of a reboot of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even if it’s not, what will come in that phase will be very different to what came before.
Speaking with EW, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige says the way that comics have changed over the years and refreshed their line-ups are a good guide as to what to expect when Phase Four rolls around in about four years:
“I think you look at comics as a guide. 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.”
So far no films for the fourth phase have been set beyond a semi-confirmation of a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.