We’re almost a decade into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and Phase 3 is already in full swing. The latest chapter in the saga kicked off with Captain America: Civil War last year, followed months later by Doctor Strange. The rest of Phase 3 will include debut films for both Black Panther and Captain Marvel, with sequels for Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, The Avengers, and Ant-Man. That puts the first Phase 4 movie in theaters sometime around either late 2019 or early 2020. Even that far into the future though, we’re seeing it billed as an intriguing turning point for the franchise. Here’s what we know so far.
1. Marvel won’t reveal the Phase 4 movie titles until after Infinity War, and there’s a reason for that
Marvel has never been shy about laying down a roadmap deep into the distant future. So why is the entirety of Phase 4 still largely a secret? The simple reason: Because knowing what’s coming would give away too much about Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige had this to say on the matter: “Where we go after Avengers; what those 2020 films are, we’re pretty sure what those are going to be … but if I tell you that, we’re getting into spoilers.”
That could mean any number of things in the bigger scheme of the MCU, most significantly pointing toward a handful of important characters either dying, or leaving the franchise. No matter what it means, it’ll have massive implications on Phase 4 all the same.