In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios) laid out a few plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years.
He noted that we’d be seeing a very different MCU after the current “phase” of films wraps up with a double feature of Infinity War in 2017 and 2018:
“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.”
So what might that look like? What have the movies been doing right and how could they improve? Where are we hoping these stories will go? Here are a few of our ideas.
Leadership & Direction
While we often see tactical leadership from the likes of Captain America (Avengers is good example) we rarely see actual, long term goals presented beyond Tony Stark’s general desire for greater mechanistic defenses against threats. S.H.I.E.L.D initially serves as the impetus for the team’s existence and Director Fury certainly seemed to have an agenda for a while, but it’s clear that the membership of the Avengers themselves don’t have much of a long term plan.
We’ll probably get this one before phase four even begins, as Infinity War will likely bring together all of the protective forces in the universe. Will this unity survive the conflict or will the beginning of the next phase involve a reassembling of those who remain? Will the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D return to guiding the Avengers? It would be nice to see someone in charge with a clear vision, but maybe Tony’s explanation of their purpose to Loki in the Avengers movie will suffice. They simply exist to deter threats, as a kind of vengeance against the world’s enemies.
More Recurring Villains
With most of the solo films, we’ve seen villains rise and ultimately fail. The exception is Loki, a fan favorite who even joins up with Thor in Dark World as a bit of an antihero. Wouldn’t we like to see a team of foes assemble to serve as a more permanent threat to the Avengers? Unfortunately most of the beloved high profile villain characters are in the DC realm of comics (The Joker, Lex Luthor, etc.). But surely in all of Marvel’s catalog, there’s a few great arch villains that could be fashioned to threaten the world again. Loki is a great start, but we truly need more nemeses.
Certainly with the rise of the Inhumans, we’ll be seeing a drastic difference in the number of super-powered people. It’s currently unclear whether the Inhumans movie is still going to be in phase three, or if it will get pushed into phase four. In the comics, there has been animosity between the governments of Earth and the former leadership of the Inhumans, now living here. Maybe the villains we need will come from among their ranks.
So we’ve got Black Widow and Scarlet Witch on the team, but no headlining women until Captain Marvel is released in 2019 (the tail end of phase three). Should this be enough? If we look at the core heroes of the current Avengers, we see a plethora of male faces, with only a couple redheaded women poking up from behind their overly muscled bodies. What if phase four were an opportunity for parity? If there’s going to be some closure on this current chapter of the MCU, and a bit of a new beginning after Infinity War, let’s hope we see a bold new take on what is essentially a boys club.
Fans want to see women heroes. We love women heroes. Shut up and give us women heroes.
Let us know what you’d like to see in the Marvel movies to come in comments below. Make your voice heard!
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