With Phase Four gone and Phase Five just beginning, Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to share some details regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), dropping some huge hints.
While he mostly focused on the films, he did comment on the speed that future MCU productions will be coming out. Phase Four felt like content overload for a lot of people, and Feige seems to understand this, explaining that content for the upcoming Phases 5 and 6 “will change so they can each get a chance to shine.”
Looking at the introduction of Deadpool, or the Merc with a Mouth, Feige confirmed that Deadpool 3 will be the MCU’s first R-rated film. This will be a huge reassurance to many fans who were worried that the character would be watered down by Disney’s family-friendly branding.
He also commented on his excitement for having Hugh Jackman back in the role of Wolverine.
“It’s amazing. And we’ve got Hugh Jackman coming back for our first Deadpool film within the MCU. That’s our first R-rated film. To have Hugh comeback is incredible.”
Moving onto a film closer to release, Feige spoke about The Marvels, teasing the fact it will adapt elements of the Kree-Skrull war from the comics. Already seen in part in Captain Marvel, its sequel will pick up tonally from where the first film left off.
The Skrulls have popped up in a couple of places in the MCU since they were introduced, such as Spider-Man: Far From Home and at the end of Wandavision. They are also going to play a huge role in the upcoming adaptation of Secret Invasion.
The Marvels is the first time Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel or Kamala Khan will appear on the big screen. It’s the dynamic that her, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel or Carol Danvers and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau share with each other that drives the film. “They’re so great together, and they all have different histories with one another,” Feige said.
Captain America: New World Order will be the first time that Sam Wilson’s Captain America will have his solo outing, and it’s already got its villain with the return of Tim Blake Nelson as The Leader.
Harrison Ford will be joining the film as Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, who is now the President of the United States. That man has had quite the career, being a military general in The Incredible Hulk, Secretary of State in Captain America: Civil War and now moving to the presidency.
Feige mentions the dynamic between Sam Wilson and Thaddeus Ross. “We’ll be seeing the dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States”. On casting Ford, He says casting Feige said this has been his dream for years, “It’s like, I can cross that off the wishlist.”
Quickly mentioning Thunderbolts, Feige confirms that Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, will be the de facto leader of the group, letting the audience know that these aren’t great people. “They are barely heroes.”
A final noteworthy mention is Spider-Man. His place in the MCU drastically changed in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and left many fans wondering if a fourth MCU sequel would happen. Feige confirmed that he does have a future planned, saying “All I will say is that we have the story. We have big ideas for that, and our writers are just putting pen to paper now.”
All of these hints will give audiences a flavour of what to expect going forward, with exciting ones being President Ross and confirmation that Deadpool 3 will keep its R rating. While many have discounted the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame, the franchise proves it still has big things planned.