When Marvel titles a movie “Endgame,” they mean it. Avengers: Endgame really was the end of an era for Marvel Studios, so fans shouldn’t expect the old favorites to return in the still-untitled Avengers 5. Marvel’s Kevin Feige promises the next Avengers team will be “very different.” So, I hope you relished your goodbye to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers.
At San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed all of Marvel’s future film and television projects, all of which are slated to be released between 2020 and 2022. But of the dozen-ish projects, none of them were a fifth Avengers movie.
In an interview with MTV News, Feige and Marvel “debated” on announcing movies past 2022, which likely includes Avengers 5.
“We’ve planned them out, we’ve got five years down the road and I was like, I think eleven projects in two years is plenty having not mentioned anything for two or three years.”
Feige then teased that the next Avengers roster will be unlike the ones before them:
“It will be a very different team than we’ve seen before, that’s what Avengers: Endgame was all about. It will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you’ve already met and some people you haven’t met yet.”
Some you’ve met and some you haven’t, you say? Interesting words there, Mr. Feige. It is apparent Marvel is taking its time rebuilding the future in Phase 4, as new heroes (like Shang-Chi and Yelena in Black Widow) make their debuts while old faces take up new mantles (Sam Wilson as Captain America, Jane Foster as Thor). We may also see some dramatic shake-ups to the greater MCU, as hinted by films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Do we already know who the new Avengers are? Newcomers like Shang-Chi and Blade are poised to become Avengers (they have been in the comics) while Marvel heroes we “already met” who reform the Avengers can be Sam Wilson, Jane Foster, and newer heavy-hitters like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Spider-Man.
Heck, Sam has already been an Avenger. In case your memory of the first three phases is hazy, Sam joined the Avengers when he was still flying as the Falcon at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. His time was short-lived, when he defected to join Captain America during the events of Captain America: Civil War.
With Avengers 5 still a giant question mark, it’s possible Sam Wilson will lead a new team carrying the shield of his old friend, Steve Rogers. And it’s just as exciting to speculate who will stand beside him when that day comes.
Black Widow, the first movie in Phase 4, will be released in theaters on May 1, 2020.