Marvel is getting ready to start a new chapter of its superhero universe, with Avengers: Infinity War and the still-untitled Avengers 4 serving as the culmination of a decade’s worth of battles and adventures. The two sequels will bring some major changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, introducing new characters and alliances and bringing an end to the current phase of films.
So what differences can audiences expect to see in Marvel’s post-Avengers 4 future? Here’s how the movie will alter the MCU for good:
1. It will officially close out Marvel’s 22-movie arc
Over the last decade, Marvel has released its films in a series of phases. Phase 1 brought the current heroes together and culminated in The Avengers, while Phase 2 and Phase 3 fleshed out each character’s storylines and also brought the universe to the cosmos and other new places.
But Avengers 4 will mark the end of that three-phase arc (consisting of almost two dozen movies), as Marvel head Kevin Feige recently confirmed. After the film, Marvel will enter another era, shifting its focus to a new slate of films and characters.
As Feige told Collider, “Certainly as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax, if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different.”