The names and faces of the MCU after “Avengers 4” releases next year will belong to many “surprising and refreshing” new people. The MCU’s past decade of work has established Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, respectively played by Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth as three central pillars of the films but there is nothing to suggest that the universe hinges on those characters. As the films continue to accrue, so will the number of heroes that live within its universe. Ultimately, a roster change is imminent.
If “Avengers: Infinity War” was the end of the MCU’s status quo, Avengers 4 will be the seed that sets the new standard-even if it takes many established characters with it. On the bright side, every hero’s departure yields room for a new champion to fill the vacancy.
Nate Moore, a producer for Marvel Studios, remarked that while some characters will be leaving and others rise in prominence, he is most thrilled for the newcomers to the MCU. Marvel has done a superb job at keeping radio silence on Phase 4, even when rumors and plans have just started to trickle out. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is set to receive a sequel firmly set after Avengers 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is looming over a May 2020 release and a Black Widow solo film is dogging Guardians’ heels.
While those films allude to known properties; Marvel is looking toward new IPs like “The Eternals.” Kevin Feige has confirmed that Ms. Marvel, not the same as Captain Marvel, is being planned out. Feige also sees Nova as a strong candidate to insert into the films. Lastly, murmurs are growing of some sort of Moon Knight project. None of these endeavors are considered to be Disney CEO Bob Iger’s new post-Avengers franchise.