Marvel Execs on Spider-Man, Phase 3, and the End of the Avengers as We Know Them

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 3:00PM
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 3:00PM
Marvel Execs on Spider-Man, Phase 3, and the End of the Avengers as We Know Them
Kevin Feige and other Marvel executives have been making the rounds for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray release, and they've been dropping intriguing tidbits about the direction of Marvel's Phase 3. First, Marvel producer Jeremy Latcham claimed that Avengers: Infinity War will be the end of the Avengers team as we know it:

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"It definitely is an end to some version of the team that we've come to know in The Avengers. Who knows exactly what's gonna happen yet in that film but I think this version of that team, and I think we hint to it at the end of Age of Ultron, that the team will be a evolving. And one of the things that we love from the comics is that the roster is always changing. New people are coming onto the team. You can pick up an Avengers book 10 years later and you don't recognize the people on the cover but the ideas and the ideals that make the Avengers the Avengers still exist and I think that's part of what this culmination will be. We're seeing this version of the team doing this thing to save the universe, the galaxy, however you want to put it, and then we'll kind of see where that goes. You know? It's not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but I think it's the end of part of it, for sure. We're still trying to sort out which parts."
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Although the statement sounds ominous, it makes perfect sense, as Marvel has been setting up a new team of Avengers by introducing new characters. Especially since some of the actors are getting ready to move on, we've always suspected that Infinity War would be a transition from the old guard to a brand-new team, probably featuring Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Vision, and Falcon. So, considering that they've already introduced enough new superhero characters for a whole new roster (with only one white man for a change!), this doesn't come as much of a surprise, but it will still be a big shake-up when it happens.

Another question is what's going to happen to all of the current Avengers. Thor can be pretty easily dispatched back to Asgard, Hawkeye has a family to take care of, and I suppose Hulk and Black Widow can ride off into the sunset together (ugh, if they must), but what about Iron Man and Captain America? If you've read the Civil War comics (spoiler!), you know that there's every chance Iron Man will end up the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (so maybe Robert Downey Jr. will stick around in a supporting role?) and Captain America will end up dead.

Kevin Feige seemed to hint at this fate for Steve Rogers, as he stated that Civil War will complete the Captain America trilogy. He doesn't explicitly state that it will be Captain America's last film, but his prospects don't look good:

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"It's very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy," Feige told MTV. "I think one day you'll look back and watch — 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' and 'Captain America: Civil War' — and it'll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character."
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And finally, Feige discussed the honor of getting Spider-Man back "where he belongs," and the importance of creating a standalone movie for the character:

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"Making that agreement with Amy [Pascal] and Mike [De Luca] and Tom Rothman at Sony was great and really amazing," said Feige (via Collider). "On a personal level making these movies it means a lot because you can do great things with Spider-Man and he can serve a great purpose in our universe, and that's where he belongs… It means a lot and now we better not screw it up... The most important thing is the stand alone movie, re-launching Spider-Man with a stand alone movie with a new storyline that fits into this universe. That's job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great but it doesn't drive the train…"
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Avengers: Infinity War pt 1 comes out on May 4, 2018, while pt 2 comes out on May 3, 2019. The Spider-Man standalone film precedes both of them, hitting theaters on July 28, 2017, while the next Marvel film to come out is Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.
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