With Avengers: Endgame, MCU fans bid farewell to the righteous, shield-wielding Captain America and the billionaire-philanthropist-turned-fatherly-savior Tony Stark. The movie was an emotionally stirring and action-packed saga that perfectly concluded long-gestating character arcs: a mash-up to be remembered.
Infinity War and Endgame were the Phase 3 mash-ups, just as The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron were the major team-up films of the previous two phases. However, plans for Phase 4 have been released, and there’s no Avengers 5 in sight. So, what’s with the wait? In terms of Marvel formula, each phase should lead to a team-up film designed to blow our brains!
According to We Got This Covered, as well as a recent Tweet from industry insider Daniel RPK, plans for an Avengers 5 movie do exist. However, the studio is holding off on the mash-up (likely to shield the film from any significant expectation violations bound to ensue if the release were sooner rather than later).
‘Avengers 5’ to be a ‘small-scale’ film
Daniel Richtman, expanding on a report from CinemaBlend, explained:
To the shock of NO ONE, they won’t do another event like IW/Endgame for the next 10 years. Avengers 5/New Avengers now pretty much confirmed to be a smaller movie with a smaller team like the first two.Twitter: Daniel RPK
Avengers 5 will presumably mirror the first Avengers movie — featuring a team of six or so heroes battling an earthbound threat. Much smaller in scale than Infinity War and Endgame, the film will not span galaxies or time periods but feature a threat calling upon our still-in-development, new core group of heroes.
Avengers 5 will likely serve at the MCU’s attempt to solidify a new central team of heroes: the main supers existing at — and contributing most heavily — to the filmic landscape. They will take the place of the “OG 6 —” Hawkeye, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor.
Why the MCU needs to hold off on this one
Considering how grand Endgame was, Marvel Studios will not risk violating fan expectations a year or so after the fact with a title bound to allude to the most recent peak of the superhero genre. By putting time between Endgame and the next Avengers movie, the studio will be able to cement their new saviors independently, before teaming them up.
Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor will likely be at the center of the new group of Avengers. Yet, one of these saviors has yet to appear (as Thor), while the others need more time to live up to the legacy their predecessors left behind.
A “smaller in scale” Avengers movie will go over just fine … if and when fans grow emotionally connected to the new core group of saviors. If and when the film can succeed on its cinematic merits without paling in comparison to Endgame. If and when enough time has passed, enough narrative development has been built, and enough trust in the new characters has formed to win over a fanbase still hopelessly devoted to Stark and Cap. In short, Avengers 5 is a Phase 5 bet.