|Posted by Jason on March 20, 2018 at 7:55 AM|
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Coming Soon
Currently, the MCU is on Phase 3, meaning the period in the shared setting that is distinguished by the divided opinions of superheroes because of Ultron. Said phase started up in 2016 and is set to come to a conclusion in 2019, which will presumably see the superheroes somehow managing to overcome Thanos in spite of his control of the Infinity Stones. With that said, MCU fans are already speculating about the movies that should and shouldn't be included in Phase 4, particularly since there are reasons to believe that there might be dramatic changes in what the MCU will look like following the conclusion of Phase 3.
What Are the Top 10 Movies that Should Be Included in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Here is a Marvel Phase 4 movies list that a lot of MCU fans would like to see:
Black Panther 2
Given the success of Black Panther, there is no chance that there won't be a Black Panther 2. However, it will be interesting to see what a Black Panther 2 will look like, not least because the trailers for the upcoming Avengers movie make it seem like the stand against Thanos will be happening on Wakandan soil. As a result, it seems probable that Black Panther 2 will deal with the fallout from that particular event, which could work well with the logical consequences of T'Challa's choice to reveal Wakanda to the world. Simply put, change is never simple and straightforward, meaning that even change for the better will see complications come up that will need to be handled well for it to be successful. It would be particularly interesting to see M'Baku make a return with a somewhat ambiguous role, not because he is the supervillain that he is in the comic books but because he is a well-intentioned leader of his own people who doesn't necessarily share all of T'Challa's opinions on the important matters.
Black Widow has been a part of the MCU since Iron Man 2. As a result, a Black Widow movie is long over-due, particularly since the success of Wonder Woman showed that a superhero movie headed by a female lead is perfectly capable of succeeding in the modern movie market. Furthermore, a Black Widow movie could stand out from the other stand-alone movies centered around other Avengers, seeing how Black Widow's background should provide plenty of material for stories involving the personal agency that she has gained over time.
Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange is the superhero with the most important role in regards to the more magical side of things in the MCU. As a result, if the MCU ever wants to make more use of the more magical characters from the source material, it would make sense for a Doctor Strange follow-up to be used as a launch pad of sorts. For that matter, Doctor Strange has a fair number of both allies and enemies that remain unexplored in the MCU, which should enable more than enough material for a Doctor Strange movie.
There have been a number of less than fantastic movies about the Fantastic Four, including at least one example that was made for the purpose of holding onto the movie rights rather than making something watchable. Currently, it is unclear whether Marvel will recover the movie rights or not, particularly since there could still be potential hiccups in the Disney buy-out of Fox. However, if it proves to be successful, it would be nice to see the MCU take a chance on a Fantastic Four movie, particularly since it might need a new antagonist of cosmic scope once Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 have come out.
A new Incredible Hulk hasn't been released since 2008, which isn't because of a lack of confidence in the character but rather legal issues with Universal Pictures. There is no real way to say whether those legal issues will ever be resolved in the near future, but if they are, the Hulk still has a lot of supervillains that could make for interesting antagonists. Moreover, it might be interesting to see whether a new Incredible Hulk movie might lead to a She-Hulk movie, seeing as how the character is more than capable of standing on her own two feet.
Real Mandarin VS Iron Man
The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 was a controversial choice to say the least. Some people liked the character because a super-villain who looked like an American bogeyman put together by a marketing team was essentially exactly that. In contrast, other people hated the idea because they saw it as a waste of a super-villain, who has his issues but could be made serviceable with some adjustments. Whatever the case, there was enough of a backlash for Marvel to backtrack by hinting in one of the Marvel One-Shots that there was indeed a real Mandarin lurking into the MCU, meaning that it would be a waste not to have a Real Mandarin VS Iron Man matchup. Of course, this is assuming that Tony will be surviving Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, which is far from being certain at this point in time.
Marvel has reclaimed the movie rights to Spider-Man but in a rather weird way that has left it with the right to make Spider-Man movies while Sony has the rights to make movies based on Spider-Man supervillains. This is why Sony has decided to go ahead with a Venom movie of all things, though it remains to be seen how that will fare at the box office when the time comes. Regardless, Spider-Man's continuing adventures in the MCU are bound to be interesting, particularly in light of his continuing interactions with other superheroes in Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, which look like they are planning to make extensive use of the character.
Based on the marketing materials for Avengers 3, some people are concerned that the remaining Asgardians might get wiped out as a result of their encounter with Thanos. If so, that would be a real shame because Thor: Ragnarok left the character as well as the rest of his people in a very interesting place, seeing as how they have essentially been reduced to refugees fleeing from the destruction of their home. As a result, the resulting narrative could have been very interesting, particularly since there aren't exactly a lot of big budget movies that handle said issue from the refugee's perspective. With that said, it has been reported that Chris Hemsworth has spoken to Taika Waititi about a potential Thor 4, meaning that there is still a real chance that MCU fans will one day be able to see the Asgardians struggling to find a new home. Fingers crossed that the new home will be in the state of Minnesota, if just for all of the inevitable Scandinavian jokes.
Scarlet Witch and Vision
Scarlet Witch and Vision have become a significant part of the Avengers in the MCU. As a result, it seems natural for the two to receive their own stand-alone movie at some point. Of course, there is a good chance that Vision will get killed in Avengers 3 as a result of Thanos's quest for the Infinity Stones, but Vision being Vision, that isn't exactly an insurmountable problem, particularly considering all of the other superhero shenanigans that are guaranteed to happen in the next two Avengers movies.
Of course, if Disney succeeds in buying out Fox, there is a chance that the MCU will be able to make a movie centered around the XMen with their real costumes. In fact, the upcoming Avengers movies will provide the perfect opportunity to change the setting so that the mutants are a part of the shared setting because of Infinity Stone shenanigans. It is still much too soon to say whether this will happen or not, particularly since it seems that Fox intends to continue making its X-Men movies regardless of what happens as a result of the buy-out. With that said, even if Marvel and Fox started making separate X-Men movies, that wouldn't make the current continuity issues any worse.
On a final note, these are but some of the movies that could be fun to see in Phase 4 of the MCU. This is particularly true because the recent MCU movies have proven that MCU can make even B-listers into huge successes, which has opened up even more options than ever before. Something that should come as welcome news to those who want to see the MCU become bigger and better than ever before.