by Manaal Asif ‘25 and Neena Kumar ‘25
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned more than $23 billion worldwide. Although Avengers: Endgame seemed like a natural stopping point for the Cinematic Universe, Marvel hasn’t stopped producing films because of the franchise’s success, with the average turnout rate for Marvel movies being 54% of adults from the ages of 18-34. After Avengers: Endgame, the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, phase four, also known as “the new beginning,” has gone into effect. Phase four dives deeper into the backgrounds of past characters and introduces new ones.
Phase four began with the series WandaVision and followed with Black Widow. Both of these works follow heroes from past phases.
Furthermore, Black Widow explores the childhood upbringing and early life of Natasha Romanoff while still introducing new characters like Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanoff’s sister. Comicbook.com states that Yelena Belova “will be back around sooner rather than later” because “fans love the character.” Due to the popularity of Black Widow, Marvel fans can assume that similar movies of characters’ backstories will appear in phase four.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder are some new movies set to release in 2022.
Though the films in this phase are causing significant changes in the MCU, the most important developments come from the TV series Marvel released. Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye all have stories and events that affect the MCU’s timeline and could potentially crossover in new movies that have not yet been released.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe does not plan to stop at phase four; phase five is already confirmed. According to screenrant.com, possible movies of Deadpool 3 and Captain America 4 will appear in phase 5 of the MCU.
In short, these new phases highlight the promising stories set to take place in the MCU.