With Wandavision, the superheroless days in the Marvel universe are over. The mixture of comedy and horror series around Scarlet Witch Wanda Maximoff and the androids Vision also gives the starting signal for the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We therefore take a look inside the crystal ball and try to find out from rumors, announcements and other hints what the big topics of the next Marvel phase could be.
Marvel: Is the Multiverse Coming?
One rumor that has been circulating on fan forums for months is that Marvel is paving the way for the Multiverse in Phase 4. Wandavision, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man 3 are the biggest clues. Not only does Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch appear in all three productions, the films and series all at least play with the idea. This is particularly noticeable in Spider-Man 3. In the film are supposed to
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starring numerous actors from the old Spider-Man films with Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield. A look at the character's comic history shows how Wanda could play into this.
The fact that the realities are going crazy right now would also go well with the previous films. In Avengers Endgame, the heroes' avowed goal was not to alter the timeline they travel. But they succeeded more badly than well. Phase 4 could revolve around these effects. Another indication: the What if series. It takes up the tradition of "what if" comics – what would have happened if a certain Marvel character had acted differently at a certain point. In the comics, these stories were portrayed as excursions into other dimensions, the best-known example is the Marvel zombie series, which will probably also have an episode in What if.
But even if the multiverse is just on the wrong track, another trend in phase 4 is undeniable – that of new superheroes. For one, some old fan favorites get their chance to be in the spotlight. Antihero Loki, War Machine James "Rhodey" Rhodes or Falcon and Winter Solider – they all have their own series. Others, such as Kung Fu master Shang-Chi, teenage genius Riri Williams (Iron Heart) or Ms. Marvel are still unknown to the audience and should appeal to new target groups. The fact that some of them inherit old heroes is one way of bringing old and new fans together. The best example of this is Hawkeye. Here the old Hawkeye Clint Barton will train his successor Kate Bishop.
It is exciting to see how many of the new superheroes are teenagers or young adults. Marvel wants to secure shares in the young viewers, but some comic readers also hope for a continuation of the Avengers films. In addition to the original Avengers team, there are a few other incarnations of the superhero team in the comics. One of them are the Young Avengers, a group of young superheroes and sidekicks who are always there when the adult Avengers don't have time.
Marvel: Deadpool, Fantastic Four and the X-Men
New heroes, the possibility of a multiverse and the purchase of 20th Century Fox make something possible for Marvel and Disney that no one had dreamed of at the beginning of the MCU – the unification of all major Marvel superheroes. It is clear that a film about the Fantastic Four,
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Marvel's oldest superhero family, is in the pipeline. Recently, MCU boss Kevin Feige also made it clear that Deadpool 3 would not only get an R rating, but is also located in the MCU. On the other hand, there is little to hear from the X-Men – Marvel seems to have avoided them so far.
If there's one thing that doesn't exist in Phase 4, it's a big plot, or a common villain. Marvel veterans will remember, however, that Thanos also showed his purple titan head very late in phase 1. And just like at the beginning of the Marvel film universe, the makers are now trying out what the audience might like. A big metaplot or a villain would be a problem for now. But that doesn't mean there aren't any options. One of them is the Nick Fury series Secret Invasion. This is supposed to be about the Skrulls and although there is virtually no possibility that the story of the comic series will be made into a film, this series would fit very well with the space theme that appears in films like Guardians of the Galaxy or with groups like The Eternals. Another possibility is with the Fantastic Four. Not only have the superhero family endured many adventures in space, two of the greatest and most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe are their archenemies: Doctor Doom and Galactus. And if there are villains that even Thanos is afraid of, it's the two of them.
But there is still a little time left until then. It has not even been announced when Fantastic Four will be released in theaters.
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