Where Will the MCU go From Here?
Avengers Endgame was an epic conclusion to a number of storylines for various characters. Indeed, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been leading up to this momentous event for over ten years and moments from the picture can be traced all the way back to 2008’s Iron Man.
The ending of the movie certainly left viewers with a number of questions as to the direction the franchise would now go in. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is likely to be the new central protagonist now that Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have stepped aside as Iron Man and Captain America respectively.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is to be the last instalment of Phase 3, and little is known about what will come in Phase 4. The only picture confirmed so far is Black Widow. This could easily be a standalone movie detailing the history of Scarlett Johansson’s character, and may not be connected to anything else in the universe.
Of course, this is only speculation at the moment. The next web slinging movie could provide some answers about what the main focus of the upcoming films will be, and which characters are likely to collaborate.
The MCU has been heavy on the space themes up to this point, especially with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And there could be more focus on space travel moving forward. This is because Endgame teased that Thor would be joining Star-Lord and his team, and also because of the fact that Captain Marvel is known to fly to the far corners of the universe.
Space themes are always a big selling point in mainstream culture, which is why games like Star Wars and Mass Effect have been so popular. In the iGaming industry, players can play Starburst slot game, which is designed to look like planets in space. If the MCU takes viewers to distant worlds, there are endless possibilities for new characters.
Endgame left Marvel fans with a feeling of contentment, but also one of emptiness. There were farewells to certain characters who had become massive parts of people’s lives. However, with the universe being home to a high number of heroes already, it did make sense to say goodbye to some of them. This will mean that other characters can be fleshed out a bit more. Many would argue that the movies in the franchise have improved over time, so Marvel can be trusted to up the ante again in Phase 4.
The MCU has made over $18 billion worldwide, and is not going to slow down any time soon. It will head in a few new directions, though. There could well be more focus on the wider universe with Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man are also likely to be huge figures in the next stage in the franchise.
In terms of a superhero collaboration movie like The Avengers, viewers will have to wait and find out.
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