There is absolutely no denying the fact that after establishing what the MCU has in a decade worth of entertainment, they would like to keep it going. However, things are bound to be shaken up every once in a while, and we all know ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be that very shakeup. Practically too, it makes a lot of sense since the actors playing our favourite characters are not ageless and would eventually like to move on to exploring newer directions in their sizeable bodies of work. However, the show must go on, and despite most of the primarily formed Avengers reportedly retiring form their roles or being reduced to overseeing presences in the MCU, the landscape following ‘Endgame’ looks more and more interesting, given the MCU and its makers are willing to deep dive into the sea of immortal comic book wealth that the legend Stan Lee has left in his wake, close to six decades of fictional storytelling and beloved characters.
Based on what we know and hope can be lucrative Marvel properties for the MCU to cash upon, and all the information we have on upcoming films already in development, we predict what the MCU’s future could look like, and from the looks of it, it looks anything but bright. From more of the same, to a new Avengers lineup, to the inclusion of newly acquired properties, read on to find out the increasingly diverse directions that the MCU could be headed in following ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
Reshuffling of the Original Avengers
As I have already predicted previously, the core Avengers team, the one that first assembled in 2012’s ‘The Avengers’ for the first time, will more or less disband following the events of ‘Endgame’, and move on to either only overseeing roles or small cameos in future films, or to completely retiring from playing these beloved characters. Reports also state that Marvel is actually intending to shift its focus away from The Avengers as a franchise to a new central one.
From what we have here, and considering the Disney Fox merger that made waves in the news circuit some months ago, we could have the X-Men and The Fantastic Four joining the remaining Avengers, a faction I believe will be led by new frontrunners from Phase II or Phase III of the MCU. My bet would easily be among Black Panther or Captain Marvel, since their solo movies were unequivocal hits that grossed more than $1 Billion at the box office, proving the characters’ merit in actually helming the franchise. Among the surviving ones, none of the characters though have as much popularity as Spider Man, so yeah, there is still a lot of fuel left in the machinery even if the first tier Avengers decide to hang up their capes and move on.
The X-Men and The Fantastic Four