Marvel Phase 5 Avengers Will Be ‘Very Different’ From ‘Endgame’ Says Kevin Feige

Avengers: Endgame marked the end of the road for many of our favorite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). As the studio gears up for Phase 4 and 5, Marvel president Kevin Feige assured fans that the upcoming storylines will be very different from anything they have done in the past — including the Avengers.

Marvel President Kevin Feige and the 'Avengers: Endgame' cast
Marvel President Kevin Feige and the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ cast | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Feige reveals plan for Marvel Phase 5

During a panel at Comic-Con International, Feige announced a slew of exciting titles for Phase 4 of the MCU. Each of the movies and television shows will premiere over the next two years, giving Marvel fans at least 11 new projects to enjoy. But among the upcoming titles, not a single mention was made of the next Avengers movie. This pushes the next ensemble project to Marvel’s Phase 5 at the earliest.

While nothing official has been confirmed, Feige did mention how they have the next five years already mapped out. According to Inverse, Feige added that fans can expect something much different from Endgame, especially when it comes to the Avengers team.

“It will be a very different team than we’ve seen before, that’s what Avengers: Endgame was all about. It will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you’ve already met and some people you haven’t met yet,” Feige explained.

Feige’s comments about characters that have not been introduced means Marvel is taking things slowly in Phase 4. We already know of two new franchises in the lineup (The Eternals and Shang-Chi), but it sounds like we will meet even more new characters before the Avengers assemble once again.

There is also a change of the guard with Jane Foster taking the mantle of Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder, and Sam Wilson becoming the new Captain America in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Some characters that were introduced in Marvel Phase 3 are likely to remain prominent moving forward, including Black Panther and Captain Marvel, both of whom are due for sequels. Beyond that, there is no telling who might join the cause by the time the fifth Avengers movie is out.

What’s ahead in Marvel Phase 5?

Feige teased a lot of different franchises for Phase 5 of the MCU during Comic-Con last month. This includes mentions of Black Panther and Captain Marvel sequels, plus Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Marvel also hinted that The Fantastic Four are on their way to the big screens, along with other “mutants.” Feige, unfortunately, did not clarify what he meant by mutants, though we have a pretty good idea what he was talking about.

Disney recently purchased the rights to several Marvel franchises previously owned by Fox, including X-Men and Deadpool. Feige’s comment about mutants strongly suggests that Marvel has plans to reboot the franchise, even if that only includes a handful of characters.

Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, of course, is one of the most popular franchises Disney purchased, making it a no-brainer to keep it alive and well. Unfortunately, we have no idea what direction Marvel will take with X-Men, though it is safe to say that it will slowly be incorporated into the MCU over the next two phases. It is also possible that the X-Men are introduced via television and could pop up on shows like WandaVision.

When will Marvel reveal Phase 5?

At Comic-Con, Feige mentioned how he debated what to reveal before deciding that 11 projects in Phase 4 was good enough to start. With the studio already knowing what’s ahead for Phase 5, additional title release dates could be announced in the near future.

Fans are hoping that Marvel makes some of these announcements at Disney D23, which takes place in August.

Marvel is scheduled to present for half an hour at the event. With the studio already revealing the full slate for Phase 4, we could learn about several projects in Phase 5.

More than likely, this will include movies that we already know are in the works, such as Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Captain Marvel 2. At the very least, Marvel fans can expect more teasers for projects that have yet to be discussed.

The first film in Marvel Phase 4, Black Widow, is scheduled to open in theaters in May of 2020.