Even the best laid plans can be changed. While Marvel has made no secret of its timeline for up to five years of films, there are far from any guarantees along the way. We’ve seen them take Inhumans off the docket entirely, slot in Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man, and most recently, make a huge announcement concerning the two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga. Originally, Marvel’s plan called for the release of part one 2018 and part two in 2019, acting as divided parts of the same story. What we’ll be getting now though is something far different.
The new roadmap will see Avengers: Infinity War still hit theaters in 2018, but now as a self-contained, single-part story. We’ll still get another Avengers movie in 2019, but instead of serving as a second part to the first film, it will act as a different entity altogether. And while this may seem like a subtle change, what it represents is massive in the greater scheme of blockbuster cinema. Whereas before a drawn-out two-part saga was the status quo, we’re finally seeing a step away from that in favor of better stories in smaller doses.