Marvel's Kevin Feige reveals Phase Three will not finish with Endgame
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has unexpectedly revealed that Avengers: Endgame will not be the end of Phase Three. Many fans believed the release of the 22nd film this week would then leave the stage empty for the arrival of the next phase, but that appears now not to be the case.
Feige was speaking at a fan event in Shanghai (via Deadline) and when responding to a question about Spider-Man: Far From Home he said, “It’s the end of the third phase.” He didn't go into any more detail and then confirmed it was the first time he had revealed this in public.
This may now cause some debate about when Far From Home occurs, but in an interview with IGN just before the release of Avengers 3, Feige revealed the 23rd film will see Peter Parker trying to come to terms with life after Endgame:
"What is it like to try to go back to a normal life after what happens in Infinity War? Not to mention what happens in Endgame. It’s fun to see that, because he can represent, you know, the world as a whole, as they try to move forward. And you can do it in a way that is tonally unique, and tonally different than, certainly, the two Avengers films that people are about to see."
Feige's comment means Far From Home will bridge the aftermath of the Avengers' second battle with Thanos and the next stage of films using a smaller entry route. In many ways it makes sense, as opening Phase Four off the back of the apocalyptic events of Endgame would've been a tough ask. Marvel fans will recall that the first Ant-Man film closed out Phase Two rather than Age of Ultron. It also means the end of Far From Home should feature a teaser of how Phase Four will open
Marvel have already scheduled in nine release dates stretching from May 1 2020 to July 29 2022. Feige has previously confirmed the May 1 date will be the first film in Phase Four, but we don't know what that will be, or all the other films taking up the remaining slots just yet.
We can presume that aside from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and sequels for Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Black Panther, Daniel Destin Cretton’s Shang-Chi and Chloe Zhoe’s The Eternals should appear in Phase Four. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will also be getting her own standalone feature, with the interesting choice of Cate Shortland as director.
Avengers: Endgame opens in the UK on the 25th and a day later in the US.