In less than a month, Captain America: Civil War will launch Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as excited as fans are to see Cap’s next story hit the big screen, many can’t help but to continue to look ahead. Back in 2014, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige hosted a fan event to reveal the entire Phase Three line-up, which included Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Infinity War, just to name a few. Of course, since then the Phase Three line-up has been altered a bit with the inclusion of Spider-Man, as well as three additional films set for 2020, which will more than likely see themselves be a part of Phase Four. As it stands, Marvel has not revealed what those three 2020 films are, although judging by Feige’s plans to make Guardians of the Galaxy 3, one can assume that’ll be one of those films. Still, there’s very little we know about the MCU beyond Phase Three.
During a recent interview with Feige for Civil War, Entertainment Weekly was able to get him to talk about Phase Three and beyond, and what we an expect after Part Two of Infinity War. With the Avengers, as well as the Guardians and, hopefully, the Defenders, all set to take on Thanos in the two-part Infinity War epic, it’s expected that some will meet their end by the end of the film. Which, of course, means if they plan to continue the MCU past Phase Three, we can expect to see major changes to the main line-up, something Feige vaguely hints at.
“I think you look at comics as a guide,” Feige tells EW. Although certain titles may get relaunched or rebooted, the narrative exists on a never-ending continuum.
“I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases,” Feige said.
Without spoiling anything, the third Captain America film does a great job at offering a closure to the Cap trilogy, while also changing the MCU as we know it going forward. According to Civil War co-director Joe Russo, Civil War is the third act of the MCU, where things need to start being deconstructed in order to be rebuilt.
“Things always get deconstructed, right?” says Joe Russo, who directs Civil War with his brother, Anthony. (The two are also the filmmaking force behind 2018 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War double feature.) “You build things up and people enjoy the experiences you’ve built up. But then you kind of reach an apex or you reach a climax, a moment where you go, ‘This structure is really going to start to be repetitious if we do this again, so what do we do now?’ So now, you deconstruct it. We’re in the deconstruction phase with Civil War and leading into Infinity War, which are the culmination films.”
An interestingly enough, Feige goes on to state that the new cast members joining the universe in Phase Three are “somewhat intentional”. Not all of the new characters will be a part of Civil War, such as Mantis in Guardians, or Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange, but they will play large parts in the MCU going forward.
It’s no accident that the next movies in the Marvel Studios line-up – Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok – involve characters who are not featured in Civil War. “That’s somewhat intentional to go and explore the other aspects [of the universe],” Feige says.
Captain America: Civil War will kick off Phase Three of the MCU on May 6th, 2016!
Source: Entertainment Weekly.