Do Fans Have Faith in a Post-‘Avengers: Endgame’ MCU?

Avengers: Endgame has come and gone and — as the bittersweet conclusion to an epic saga begins to fade in our rearview mirrors — we enter the MCU’s Phase 4, with high hopes, even greater expectations, and all our fingers and toes crossed for good measure. 

Avengers: Endgame was a cinematic masterpiece. Tony Stark’s narrative arc came to a glorious finish as the selfish egomaniac faded to dust behind the selfless savior. Steve Rogers relinquished Cap’s shield, passing it onto a worthy successor, Falcon (many fans wanted Bucky, but accepted the logistics at play here). Loki was set up for Forrest Gump-like spin-off, and the list goes on and on.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ World Premiere | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

When Avengers: Endgame premiered, critics and audiences hailed the film as the “peak of the superhero genre,” often arguing that it would be years until another superhero film of this caliber graced the silver screen. So, how do fans feel about a post-Endgame MCU? Do fans have faith in the Avengers sans Steve Rogers and Tony Stark? Will the universe survive and thrive beyond Phase 4, or fail to rise from the ashes its own conclusion has created?

Fans have a few concerns surrounding the MCU following ‘Endgame’

When browsing through various forums and online discussions concerning the future of the MCU following Endgame, the same few concerns tend to surface. Many fans agree that the MCU has managed to produce successful film after successful film; however, the same formula is almost always employed, and it may grow stale. One MCU enthusiast stated:

…I like the light tone. But I don’t want to get fatigued by it. Deadpool is a good example. Completely f*cked up and hysterical. I want Marvel to stay true to its signature tone, but also feel free to expand their tone if the movie calls for it

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Other fans chime in, agreeing with the above statement, noting fears surrounding the “same formula,” and arguing that moving forward the MCU must “make different kinds of comic book movies to stay relevant. It just can’t always be comedic action/adventure. They need to throw in some thriller-type movies, horror movies, etc.”

Noting the MCU’s tendencies to stay within the realm that has proven worthwhile, fans agree that Marvel Studios may slowly burn out, especially without some of the original characters that kept viewers coming back for more. Other fans note that the Captain Marvel haters may play into the success, or lack thereof, of future MCU films. Many fans are against her taking the reigns, which could lead to the MCU receiving negative reception moving forward. 

While concerns exist, many fans believe that the MCU will continue to impress, defying viewer expectations along the way, as it grows into a new, and reinvented franchise. 

Why fans have faith the MCU will continue to thrive post-‘Avengers: Endgame’

Many fans agree that as long as Kevin Feige is behind the MCU, the MCU will continue to impress long after Avengers: Endgame. One fan stated, “When Kevin Feige leaves I’ll worry,” to which another Marvel enthusiast replied:

This is the true answer. We all fell in love with these movies at one point, if the quality remains the same, there’s no reason not to fall in love with them again.

Plus going forward it’s totally possible we’ll see more ambitious and robust team ups instead of the mostly rigid structure we’ve had so far. Thor, Doctor Strange and Hulk? Sure! Spider-Man and Rocket Raccoon? Why not!

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Other fans add that “…if we get X-Men/Fantastic Four that’s a whole new generation of movies right there,” which would be thrilling, adventure-filled, and dramatic, as such characters have complicated backstories (many of which have been wrongfully handled in the past). 

Most fans believe that the MCU will continue to thrive post-Avengers: Endgame, under Kevin Feige’s guidance and with a set of movies and opportunities destined to be just as highly-anticipated as Marvel movies have been thus far.