Marvel boss Kevin Feige is opening up on what fans can expect to see from the next phase of the Marvel franchise.
In a recent conversation with Total Film, Feige remarked, “As we’re nearing the end of Phase 4, I think people will start to see where this next saga is going.”
Kevin Feige Says They’ve Been Dropping ‘Clues’ For The Next Marvel Stage
Feige revealed that the wheels are already in motion and teased that they have been releasing clues that dedicated fans have probably already picked up on.
“I think there have been many clues already, that are at least apparent to me, of where this whole saga is going,” Feige said. “But we’ll be a little more direct about that in the coming months, to set a plan, so audiences who want to see the bigger picture can see a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap.”
As Deadline pointed out, there are two major milestones in the franchise coming up. “Thor: Love and Thunder” will hit theaters on July 8. The annual D23 Expo will take place on September 9 through September 11th. Marvel will also be heavily featured at the upcoming annual San Diego Comic Con fan event, but it’s likely that they’ll hold off on any major announcements until September.
On September 10, the D23 Expo will feature filmmakers, surprise guests, celebrities, and representatives from Marvel Studios at 10 AM to reveal their upcoming theatrical releases and Disney+ series. The presentation will reveal exclusive footage of what’s to come and give fans a preview of what Marvel has in store for the next chapter.
Where Will The Marvel Multiverse Go From Here?
With Doctor Strange already opening the doors to the Multiverse of Madness, there’s no telling where Marvel can go from here, although there has been much speculation made of the Secret Wars from the 12-issue comics.
The Secret Wars involves The Avengers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, X-Men, and even the Fantastic Four. Joe Russo, who helped wrapped up Marvel’s Phase 3, has admitted to being a big fan of the Secret Wars.
In 2020, Russo explained, “You know, I read that when I was 10 or 11, and it was the scale of getting all of the heroes together. It was one of the first major books to do that — that was really event-storytelling to me at its finest. And what happens when you put all of those personalities together.”
“I also like the idea of villains having to team up with heroes,” he went on. “Anthony [Russo] and I like complicated relationships between heroes and villains, we like villains who believe they’re heroes in their own stories, so it’s all sort of built into this notion of Secret Wars. To execute something on the scale of Infinity War was directly related to the dream of Secret Wars, which is even larger in scale.”
Anthony Russo also seemed excited to present the idea of the Secret Wars to Marvel audiences.
“It would be the biggest movie you could possibly imagine, so that’s what really excites us about the story — the ambition of it is even bigger than the ambition of the Infinity Saga,” he said.
Late last year, Feige was asked about the rumors of a Secret Wars finale to cap off Marvel’s Phase 4. However, Feige didn’t give fans a clear answer… not that they were really expecting him to.
“I’ve seen those rumors as well. Why is everyone talking about that now? That’s what I want to know,” Feige said at the time. “I think one person writes about it, and then another person writes about it, and then everybody’s writing about it, and then it’s happening.”
However, many fans are still optimistic that Phase 4 might end in the Secret Wars saga after all, especially now that Spider-Man and X-Men are officially now a part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. As Deadline noted, all of the studio’s next five films and many of their Disney+ titles focus on at least one Avenger. With “Deadpool 3” already in the works and the success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” there is no telling what the future will bring for Marvel fans.
Hopefully, fans will be able to get some answers at the D23 Expo this September.