Despite the fact that Avengers: Endgame came less than six months ago, Disney is heading full steam ahead into its Phase 4, which is set to kick off next May with the release of Black Widow.
Following the release of Black Widow, Marvel Studios will then release nine more MCU projects before the end of 2021, most of which will involve entirely new properties, as only two of Marvel’s ten Phase 4 projects will be sequels: Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.
Frankly, while Phase 4 is certainly chock full of exciting projects, it appears to be operating as a mere bridge to Phase 5, which is when sequels featuring some of their biggest stars — such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy — will likely drop.
However, according to recent rumors, Marvel Studios next Avengers project — which is reportedly already in the works — will be a Disney+ TV series and will feature characters that we’ve never seen before and not the Avengers we’ve come to know in years past.
Insider Daniel Richtman, who has shared accurate early details about MCU films in the past, is back with one more revelation, via FullCircleCinema. Disney and Marvel are apparently working on a Young Avengers TV series for Disney+ that will introduce some of the young superheroes from the Marvel universe. According to Richtman, they might then grow alongside everyone else and appear in MCU movies down the road.
It’s unclear at this time who will join this team of Young Avengers, but the Hawkeye series that’s part of Phase 4 will likely introduce his replacement, Kate Bishop. Ant-Man’s daughter Cassandra Lang, who we’ve met already and who was a teenager in 2023 in Endgame, might also be an addition to the team. Not to mention a certain youngster who was present at Tony Stark’s funeral in Endgame, who might also grow to become a Young Avenger in the near future. This is just speculation for the time being. [Boy Genius Report]
While a Young Avengers project may certainly be in the works, I’m going to go ahead and claim that there’s absolutely no way Marvel Studios doesn’t make another proper Avengers movie featuring A-listers such as Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Captain Marvel, and hopefully, Spider-Man (because despite the current breakdown between Sony and Disney, I still believe cooler heads will prevail).
The franchise prints billion-dollar hits and the Mouse House is far too smart to mothball Avengers films just because they’ve already reached the mountaintop with Endgame.
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