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“Avengers: Endgame” is the end of an era. What’s next for Marvel?

Amanda Shendruk
Scarlett Johansson, a member of the cast of "Avengers: End Game," appears at a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Scarlett Johansson, a member of the cast of "Avengers: End Game," appears at a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Avengers: Endgame isn’t simply another box-office-busting, butt-kicking superhero epic. It’s also the end of a cinematic generation.

Marvel’s Avengers movie franchise was born in 2008, when the company used a B-list character, Iron Man, to kick off what would become an epic, multi-billion-dollar superhero adventure. Acquired by Disney the following year, Marvel Studios rolled out its Avengers saga over the course of a decade, using three “phases” of story development across 22 movies. Each was linked by the infinity stones storyline—shiny gems with cataclysmic consequences.

Avengers: Endgame brings that saga to a close, barring one more film in the queue: Spider-Man: Far From Home, which premiers in July.

While this is the end for some characters, it’s just the beginning for other lesser-known ones, whom Marvel intends to promote in “Phase Four”—its five-year plan for its superhero film franchise. The release dates for nine untitled movies are already on the books.

There have been no official announcements regarding the upcoming films beyond the holding dates; however, fans haven’t been left without clues as to which characters will be featured.

A Black Widow movie staring Scarlett Johansson is expected to begin filming this spring, James Gunn has been secured as director (again) for a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is contracted for another film following Far From Home. Fans can likely also look forward to a Black Panther sequel, and another instalment of Doctor Strange, while Angelina Jolie has signed on to a movie about the Eternals, a new cast of superheroes. Finally, Marvel is also reportedly planning a film about martial arts master Shang-Chi—its first movie with an Asian lead.

 

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