Why Marvel Fans Shouldn’t Expect Another Epic ‘Avengers’ Movie Anytime Soon
Having pleased just about everybody with Avengers: Endgame, a film that stuck the landing after 11 years of superhero movies, Marvel Studios will be taking a break from the Avengers for the foreseeable future.
Fans loved Avengers: Endgame so much, they’re eager to see another big team-up movie — if not with the Avengers, then with some other team. We’ll almost certainly get something like that again in a phase or two, but for now, Marvel is preoccupied with introducing new heroes and moving to the small screen with its Disney+ roster.
The road from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Endgame’
As much phenomenal success as Marvel Studios has had since 2008, it’s easy to forget that, for some people, they weren’t firing on all thrusters in the beginning. Iron Man made for a fun kick-off that reinvigorated Robert Downey Jr.’s career and started a phenomenon that few people predicted would become the juggernaut it has.
However, a lot of those Phase One movies tended to be pretty lumpy. The Incredible Hulk is the consensus choice for the weakest MCU movie. Thor and Captain: America: The First Avenger were both solid, but neither of those is anybody’s choice for their favorite film in their series.
Then, it all literally came together with the Avengers. And, from that point on, Marvel broke the chains like an enraged Hulk.
Sure, there were a few ups (Ant-Man) and downs (Thor: The Dark World), as there is with every long-running series, but the MCU kept chugging along, producing a remarkably consistent run of movies. If Avengers: Age of Ultron seems a little indistinct now, that’s mainly because Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame was so colossal, with the latter becoming the biggest hit of all time at the worldwide box office.
Are there plans for more Avengers?
Marvel President Kevin Feige and his team very carefully laid out the stories so that Avengers: Endgame was kind of a crossroads. With the departures of various heroes, the Avengers as we have known them are gone for good. We’re not going to see that exact lineup ever again.
That doesn’t mean that Marvel is out of the Avengers business, it will just be some time — maybe another decade — before the MCU builds back up to that point again. CinemaBlend interviewed Marvel producer Trinh Tran, who said:
“Now it’d be amazing if we could get to that level 10 years later, so I think it’s a dream to continue doing that and build upon the MCU and the connective tissue that we have. And now with obviously our Disney+ side and the shows and how our characters are venturing into that world and how that’s gonna lead to the future and more franchises and more stories and more properties and their connective tissue to the rest of the MCU, it would be amazing to do something like this 10 years later.”
So who will the next Avengers be?
We presume the Avengers will be back again, we just don’t know what form they’ll take. There had been some speculation that Spider-Man would become the leader of the team and would head up a young Avengers team. If that ever was the plan, it was likely derailed by the off-again, on-again Marvel/Sony partnership that brings Spider-Man into the MCU.
We will get another Marvel multi-hero movie next year in The Eternals, which will come out next November. Like the Avengers, the Eternals are a team of super-powered beings. But unlike the Avengers, the individual members can’t hold up their own features yet.
Marvel is also placing bets on characters who haven’t had their own showcases yet, like Shang-Chi and She-Hulk. Not to mention there are all those former Fox properties — X-Men and the Fantastic Four — who could play an Avengers-like role going forward.
The future is uncertain, but it holds a lot of potential. We’ll just wait to see if Deadpool plays a wild card and pops the balloon of all these inflated expectations.