Marvel’s Phase 4 Staying Secret Until 2019

Those hoping for Marvel will soon reveal their post-“Avengers 4” plans, the so-called ‘Phase 4’ era of the MCU, I’m afraid you’ll be waiting a while.

During press for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” this weekend, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the film studio will be keeping details of almost all its future projects secret up until the May 2019 release of the fourth “Avengers” film. He tells io9:

“I hope [the news comes] after that [Avengers 4]. I think there will be certain elements that start to come about, not the least of which is the already announced release date of the next Spider-Man film. But other than that we’re going to keep it very close to the vest because this is really about focusing on the unprecedented conclusion to a 22-movie overarching narrative.”

A second “Spider-Man” hits July 2019 and a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” is planned for late 2019/early 2020. Beyond that though, it’s all up in the air. Feige says the next Spidey is the perfect way to kick off the new “Avengers”-era:

“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.

It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?”

Marvel has “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” all set to come out before May 2019.