This is the beginning of an ending for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the end of phase 3 we’re going to see something completely different from what we’ve got now. Marvel has even been keeping the subtitle to Avengers 4 a secret and hasn’t announced the titles of any moves, save for a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, beyond the end of phase 3. Marvel mega-boss Kevin Feige finds the entire idea of an ending fascinating, as he told Entertainment Weekly.
“The notion of an ending, the notion of a finale, became very intriguing to us, in large part because you don’t see it that often in this particular genre,” he says.
Comic book heroes are immortal, they can live forever, but actors age and people need to move on. Marvel knows they have to shut the door on what they have eventually simply because of the inevitable passage of time. Despite the daunting task of closing the door on something that means so much to so many people Robert Downey Jr. said that he believes they are in capable hands.
“Clearly, Kevin is, in addition to everything else, an excellent, almost clairvoyant troubleshooter,” Downey says. “I think the trouble is the endlessness. … We’re going to pull out the stops, and stop exploring conventions, and look to do stuff where we go, ‘Oh, but if we do that, that’s very, very definitive.’ Well, great, let’s get definitive for a change! We’re like a family now. Ten years later, we’re hanging out and having lunch, and kind of wondering when the draft is going to come in. Which one of us bites it and when?”
Marvel hasn’t been hesitating to remind its fans that there is going to be blood in the water when this phase ends. As people get older they want to move on, so it’s time to move onto the next generation. The new kids are already stepping up, though, such Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, aka Black Panther, and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel (who we haven’t even met yet). The new kids are on the block, so it’s time for the old guards to either retire or go out like heroes.
“It’s safe to say we will say farewell to people,” co-writer Stephen McFeely promises.
It’s just a matter of making sure that however they go out, it feels true to the character and has meaning. These are characters an entire generation has grown up worshipping. There are not cheap deaths, only big ones, and killing off key cast members or letting them retire is a gamble that Marvel has to take.
Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It will be released on April 27th.