While speaking with Empire Magazine for their massive Avengers: Endgame issue, Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige has revealed that the first three Phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will now be referred to as The Infinity Saga. A potential nod to the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet becoming one of the main cusps of the Phases.
That title isn’t a red herring. This truly will be the end of what Feige is calling “The Infinity Saga”. ‘We wanted to bring to a conclusion a series of movies in a way that had never been done before, ” says Feige.
Avengers: Endgame will close-out Phase 3 on April 26th with Spider-Man: Far From Home launching Phase 4 on July 5th. Joining Far From Home in Phase 4 includes Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, and Black Panther 2. It remains to be seen what Fox characters will join the Phase 4 but there have been early talks between Kevin Feige and Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) about Silver Surfer along with Feige recently meeting with Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo, Lucy In The Sky) about his Doctor Doom project.
Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool is now confirmed as being the only carry-over X-Men character to join the MCU, but there is a good chance that other Deadpool characters from those movies might make the jump eventually as we learn more about their plans for the Merc With A Mouth. The main X-Men team are expected to get a hard reboot and complete recasting, mainly, because the Singerverse took many character/story/continuity liberties with the characters to the point that heroes like Rogue, Storm, Cyclops, and others aren’t even recognizable to their comic book counterparts.
It sounds like there is a good chance that Kevin Feige could attempt to move forward with Deadpool sequels such as Drew Goddard’s X-Force and Deadpool 3 (being penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick). Disney’s Bob Iger and Alan Horn have previously suggested that the Deadpool movies will stay R-rated and could be distributed by 20th Century Fox, to remove Disney from that more mature material.
Kevin Feige has mentioned before that he hoped to announce their future plans and the upcoming film slate after the release of Avengers: Endgame. Normally, they sort of announce their plans for a Phase but because of spoilery nature of Endgame and possibly ending the tenure of certain characters they’d likely want to give audiences a chance to see the film first.
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
SOURCE: EMPIRE MAGAZINE