‘Avengers: Endgame’ Isn’t the Final Film in MCU Phase 3

While many Marvel fans expected that Avengers: Endgame would be the last movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three, that’s not the case. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that it’s actually Spider-Man: Far From Home that is the last film of the phase.

Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" Global Junket Press Conference
Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” Global Junket Press Conference | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Kevin Feige confirms Spider-Man: Far From Home wraps up phase 3

For those who are keeping track of the MCU phases, Kevin Feige dropped an interesting detail during a chat with a reporter at a fan event in Shanghai. He explained at the event for Avengers: Endgame: “It’s [Spider-Man: Far From Home] the end of the third phase. You’re the first one I’ve told that to.”

Many fans expected that a title like Endgame was indicative of things wrapping up in a big way in phase three, but turns out that’s not the case.

What comes next in the MCU?

The first Avengers movie marked the end of the MCU’s Phase 1 and Ant-Man was the final film of Phase 2 (and not Avengers: Age of Ultron).

What’s next for Phase 4? Of course, details of what comes next in the MCU has not yet been revealed, though there are rumblings of a Black Widow movie and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Feige did confirm one film in the works: Shang-Chi, which will introduce a Chinese Avenger.

Feige Confirms Shang-Chi

Feige was able to answer the question about Shang-Chi, noting during the press tour in China: “This is not an Endgame question, this is a question about the future. I’m not supposed to answer questions about the future but in this case, I will because the answer is yes.”

He also spoke about Shang-Chi in another interview, calling it “very intriguing.” When asked if Shang-Chi woud be risky, Feige shared: “I think every movie that we do is a risk. We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks. Doing the story of an Asian-American hero of Chinese heritage is something that is very intriguing to us. It will be really different and special.”

He was hopeful, however, that “audiences around the world respond to it in the same way they did to Steve Rogers… whether they have [an] American flag or not. It’s about the individual storyline, spectacle and adventure that come with Marvel Studios movies.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home begins where Endgame ends

According to producer Amy Pascal, in a 2017 interview with Fandom, the film Spider-Man: Far From Home “will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 [Endgame] wraps as a story.”

It’s been debated on Reddit that this could be a spoiler, with one user noting: “No, I mean them confirming it starts minutes after Endgame — it practically spoils the film already.”

Another Reddit user countered: “We don’t know how they do it, but the only thing it really spoils is that Spiderman comes back somehow. Everything else is still up in the air.”

Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters April 26 and Spider-Man: Far From Home opens on July 5.