The future of the MCU is looking a lot clearer thanks to Kevin Feige


In a recent interview, Kevin Feige gave some major insights into what the future of the MCU could look like. Here’s what we learned, and how it could affect the future of the MCU.

With Avengers: Endgame likely set to shake up the MCU as we know it, many fans have questions about what the future of the MCU will look like. With characters like Captain Marvel and Black Panther being set up to take over as main characters from the original adventures, phase 4 of the MCU could be different than what we’ve known for the past 10 years.

Collider recently interviewed Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, who gave us all some more insight into the future of the MCU. (Well, as much as he could). The interview discussed Captain Marvel as well as the future of the MCU, and here are a few of the highlights fans will want to know.

Period pieces like Captain Marvel could be done more in the future

When asked if Marvel was thinking about doing more movies set in the past using the imaging technology used in Captain Marvel, such as the ’60s or ’70s, Feige had this to say:

"We love period pieces. World War II with the first Cap, the ’90s here, so we’re open to all of them, and we’d love to do it, and love to continue to fill out the lost gaps in MCU and the MCU timelines, of which ’60s and ’70s are a part of that."

This definitely lends itself to speculation. It seems like the future of the MCU might be different than the past. What with lots of new characters, a Disney streaming service, and more, there might be less of a traditional format. Doing period pieces would give a chance to explore new and old characters in fresh ways. For example, though it hasn’t officially been announced by Marvel, there has been lots of talk about a Black Widow movie set in the past finally being made, so this bodes well for that coming to theaters very soon.

Ensemble films could be plenty

Feige has discussed the Eternals in other interviews already. This points to the idea that new ensemble teams will be created beyond just the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy, and that would continue with the Eternals (which could take place thousands of years in the past). Feige said:

"Everything after Endgame, and after Spider-Man: Far From Home, will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film. But seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re gonna do and want to do. But also introducing characters that the majority of the world has never heard of, much like Guardians, much like Avengers before we made Avengers. And there are lots of them. Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers."

It appears that these group movies will be the focus of the MCU going forward, however, Feige was also asked about movies like Black Panther and how successful it’s been. Feige noted that Marvel learned a lot from this film saying:

"If you tell a story in a personal way, put it on a big Marvel canvas, but can tell a deeply personal story, the world will respond, the world will come. We’ve been very lucky. That’s been true in a lot of our movies, but certainly the way it was done on Black Panther trumps them all."

So, while ensemble films will likely be important to the MCU’s future, we shouldn’t expect solo movies to completely disappear.

The Disney+ plus shows could bridge the gap between films and allow for focusing no side characters

When asked about the streaming platform, Feige had this to say:

"I think it’s gonna be story dependent, and that’s what’s so exciting about the streaming platform, is there aren’t any rules necessarily. For us to have another outlet to tell stories, and to play with medium, and to do, not just deeper dives on characters that we’ve seen many times in the MCU, but haven’t been able to devote six, seven, eight, nine, 10 hours to, is amazing."

This seems to reveal a lot about the MCU’s future. As Feige points out, this television media will allow the exploration of minor characters in more in-depth ways. Since Disney+ is set to include characters and actors directly from the MCU such as Loki and Bucky Barnes, fans will get to enjoy television shows that directly connect and likely even impact the MCU films.

Fiege also suggested that the two projects (the streaming shows and the MCU films) will tell interconnected stories. So, even if future characters don’t get standalone films, they could get their own series to fill in the gaps. Likely the two mediums will work together closely going forward.

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What are you most looking forward to with the future of the MCU and what do you expect to happen? Let us know in the comments!