The Fourth AVENGERS Film May Be The Finale of the MCU

There's a piece over on Entertainment Weekly talking about how when the untitled fourth Avengers film hits theaters in 2019, that this will be the finale for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as we know it. But of course, before you panic, let's talk about this for a moment.


First up, we know that Marvel has more films due out beyond 2019, so there's that.

Second, with Black Panther starring the perfectly cast Chadwick Boseman introduced in Civil War and his own stand-alone film coming out soon, we know there's that. (I can't wait to see that!)

There's also the bit where a lot of the cast film contracts are looking to expire with this film too. Some of those names include

Chris Evans (Captain America),
Chris Hemsworth (Thor),
Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye),
Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk),
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).

And on the set of the latest Avengers film, Chris Hemsworth has been quoted to saying,

"We’re all aware that this is going to be the last time we get to hang out like this.”

This potential has a few ramifications that could take place.

First, as these actors popularity soars, their price tags will obviously go up. But Disney/Marvel is notorious for always taking the less expensive route with personnel. Look at what happened as to why Shane Black took over the third Iron Man film from Jon Favreau? Despite Favreau sublimely delivering multiple years of Iron Man history into a few films, he still asked too much for the next film. Boom! Done.

Then there are things like who the new Iron Man and Thor characters are in the comics. Adding new and/or younger characters in the roles, as I see it, are ways to pave the way to new, younger and cheaper talent to fill the roles on screen.

But aside from that, Kevin Feige is saying that they are looking at two distinct periods of the MCU, film events prior to Avengers 4, and after. Plus he's saying that they have films that are going to be completely different from previous projects.

For me, one example of a completely different feel is the Punisher series on Netflix. If you had removed any kind of identifying labeling for the show (I know, not possible, but if you could), I would have never known it was a Marvel product, but instead, just an awesome avenging father/husband film!

And to be honest, Marvel has set the tone so well for comic-book based hero films that DC is struggling to catch up with that kind of popularity and success.

Then there's, for me, a small elephant in the room: The name of the fourth Avengers film. Do you remember the early marketing, they called the last two Avengers film as Infinity War, Part 1 and part 2. THEN, they changed their minds and said, um, no, not Part 2. Nope, not related.

We just spent quite a few Marvel films establishing the Infinity Gems (Or Soul Gems or infinity Stones) and now they're saying they're going to wrap that tale up in one film? Nah, I'm not believing that one bit. I could be wrong, but still, I'm expecting a little shifty marketing for that fourth Avengers film.

Either way, if you've seen the marketing, interviews and such, we've heard how not all of our heroes may survive these next two films. So we need to brace ourselves for that!

Avengers: Infinity War, which unites the Avengers with Guardians of the Galaxy, and every other Marvel character we've ever seen, will premiere in theaters on May 4, 2018, and Avengers 4 is scheduled for May 3, 2019.

My guess is that there will be a new team of recruits for a new kind of Avengers, much like what we saw at the end of Age of Ultron where Steve Rogers was looking to train their new recruits and the film ended with his almost saying, Avengers Assemble! Almost.


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