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While Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to release in May 2018, it is essentially the first part of a two-part Avengers story that was shot back-to-back. Avengers: Infinity War is the third Avengers film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the yet untitled Avengers 4 is scheduled for release in May 2019. Financially, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron are the two most successful comic book films ever made and there is a lot of expectation that the next Avengers films will at least equal if not surpass the achievements of its predecessors.
At the heart of all of this success from a financial and critical viewpoint is Kevin Feige. Under his leadership, the MCU has become a huge success. Yet, with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, it has been expected that those films will bring some closure to the MCU as we know it while establishing the foundation for the future of this franchise. Indeed, because Avengers 4 is untitled, this could mean that the title is a spoiler and that the events of Avengers: Infinity War will have a lot of consequences, potentially killing off some of our favourite characters.
In an in-depth profile with Vanity Fair, it has been revealed that this is the case. Once Avengers 4 comes out, it is stated that “at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields”. Clearly, some of the contracts of the biggest names in the MCU such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth among others are coming to an end so this will be a factor in this decision.
Avengers 4 Will Be A Finale
Moreover, we have to remember that someone like Robert Downey Jr. has been a part of this franchise since its beginning in 2008. Hence, it is understandable if the time is right for both parties to go their separate ways and for new stories to be told with new Marvel characters. Kevin Feige goes on to confirm that Avengers 4 is going to “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale. There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting”.
While this news is not entirely surprising, it is nice to get confirmation that the future instalments in the MCU are going to have major ramifications for the characters in it and the stories that will be told in the future. Kevin Feige has got the MCU to a stage where it can afford to let its biggest names end their involvement with this superhero franchise. Therefore, I am not worried for the future of the MCU. Instead, I am excited and curious to see what has been planned for a long time finally play out the way it was intended to.
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