Avengers: Endgame Writers Say Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 Will Be “Shaped Differently” and Spread in More Directions

Avengers: Endgame scribes and Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus expect Marvel Studios' upcoming Phase 4 to be more eclectic than past phases and head in "a lot more directions."

"I know nothing. I literally know nothing," McFeely told the Los Angeles Times at San Diego Comic-Con. "I read things in Los Angeles Times and all these other sites, and I go, 'Well, I don't think Marvel announced that.' There's all these little rumory things, but I don't know them."

"All I know is Phase 4 can go in a lot more directions than any of the preceding three phases," added Markus.

"Because of, one, just because of the doors that three successful phases have opened. Now they have cosmic Marvel available, they have Doctor Strange cosmic Marvel available. There are so many directions you can go in now."

Phase 4 of the interconnected MCU will also be the first to include productions debuted exclusively on coming streaming service Disney+, future home to Marvel Studios-produced series WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye and What If...?

"Plus if you throw in the Disney+ streaming thing... I think it will be a phase that is shaped differently than the preceding ones. Something that can spread out in more directions at once," Markus said.

"It's almost inevitable, when you keep making these things and they're all connected, it cannot be on one straight line or you're gonna get incredibly repetitive after a while. So it has to spread."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Marvel's Phase 4 slate at Comic-Con, confirming Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Also announced was the Mahershala Ali-starring Blade, planned for Phase 5.

Alluded to, but not yet announced, were the coming additions of recently reclaimed IPs Fantastic Four and X-Men — blockbuster franchises in the making under Feige.

"It'll be fascinating to see what Kevin Feige does with the properties he's now getting from the Fox merger with X-Men and Fantastic Four," Markus told the LA Times in May.

"And to see what the MCU version of those things is, because I very much doubt it will be something that resembles what you've seen before. So that will be very exciting."


Avengers: Endgame is now available to own on Digital HD and releases to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray August 13.

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