What’s next for The MCU?

Alexandra Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Friday, April 26 marked the end of an era for many. When Avengers: Endgame finally premiered on the big screen, Marvel fans were more than shocked at the outcome. The 22 films Marvel Studios created in the last decade culminating into the long awaited last installment. As the life of many beloved characters had come to an end, fans were left wondering what was next. Readers beware, if you have yet to see Endgame, spoilers ahead…

Film To Watch For:

Although many fans believe that Endgame was the resolution of ‘Phase 3’, the new Spider-Man film is actually set to wrap up the last of those films. Far From Home, will begin right where Endgame left off,  after the dreaded snap, Tony Stark’s death and the  five year time jump. With Peter now on his own, fans are ready to see the way Spider-Man will handle crime on his own without the help of his legendary mentor.

With the movie is set to release on July 2, 2019, fans are getting another relatively quick film after Endgame, but then will have to wait years for another. A set of sequels has been confirmed, but release dates have not. The film sequels that have been confirmed are Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The conclusions for our beloved characters saw Thor heading off into space with the Guardians. Whether or not Thor will be a major player has also not been confirmed.

Series To Follow:

The launch of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ takes some of the most popular Marvel characters to the small screen for a reprisal of their roles. The conclusion to Endgame perfectly sets up a number of new TV series. The shows that have been announced include Falcon, Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, and Hawkeye.

During Endgame, in an attempt to recover three of the six Infinity Stones, the Avengers mistakenly let Loki go free with the Tesseract, thus creating an alternate timeline which provides the premise for a new Loki series.

Considering Vision was killed off in Infinity War, the new TV series will be set in the 1950’s and will be pulling from various comics focusing on Wanda and The Vision. For those who couldn’t get enough of these characters, the series is set to air during the second year of the new streaming service. Disney+ is set to release on November 12th of this year.

Future Projects:

Even though additional Marvel sequels have been confirmed, some are heading into production, most are in the initial stages of development. Production has just begun on the long anticipated Black Widow origin film that focuses on her time as a spy. Fans had speculated this film would continue the Widow’s Endgame story line so her death was a disappointment for most.

The Black Widow film is the first of many films being developed, such as The Eternals. Stars Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are set to appear in the film. Although the films have no release date yet, and no finalized cast, fans are more than excited to see the direction the filmmakers will take on this comic book classic.

So, for those devoted fans who gathered all over the world to watch a 3 hour film that broke their hearts, there is hope on the horizon. We expected our heroes to win, to survive. Endgame broke the mold of formulaic endings, yet most of us would have would preferred Marvel hadn’t killed off some of it’s most iconic characters. I guess Tony Stark summed it up when he said, “Everybody wants a happy ending. Right? But it doesn’t always roll that way.”