The Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel Avengers 4 will bring the curtains down on Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3, and Phase 4 is expected to be a new beginning of sorts for the MCU. Therefore, fans expect a mega “change of guards” event in Phase 4, when the old heroes are either bumped off or simply fade into oblivion as the new generation of heroes takes over.
Which new heroes, you might be wondering and to answer that question, we have compiled a likely list of Marvel characters who would debut in Phase 4 of MCU. Have a look!
Marvel Studios has shared that they have plans for Nova, and apparently the character would debut in the wake of Avengers 3 and 4. Avengers: Infinity War begins with Thanos being possession of the Power Stone, which spells doom for the Nova Corps guarding it. The Phase 4 might show only one Nova Centurion existing, and fans would love to see him!
The Marvel version of Batman is a popular character which the fans have been longing to see in the MCU for quite a while now. A fair bit of debates about how he should appear in MCU, whether in a live-action movie or a darker, grittier Netflix series, have been held. No matter what, fans want to see this magical Batman from Marvel, and it is high time they introduced him. This is going to be a fantastic highlight for Phase 4.
There has also been a recent report about Marvel’s The Eternals being on the plank and ready to make their MCU leap. It is certainly logical. The Inhumans failed to make an impact, but, The Eternals are connected to a number of other elements being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This race of longevity blessed superhumans is connected to The Celestials (the creators of the Infinity Stones), the Kree and Skrull empires (soon to appear in Captain Marvel), and also explain how Earthlings are able to mutate (the simpler way for an MCU explanation about X-Men and various other mutants). To sum it up, The Eternals is a superb “bridge” for Phase 4.
Adam Warlock happens to be a mighty cosmic being that came out of the original “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline. After Thanos was beaten, Warlock temporarily possessed the Infinity Gauntlet, before it was broken down and the stones were dispersed between Warlock and five other people who joined his “Infinity Watch” team. Looking at that, and the way Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 has already confirmed Adam Warlock’s MCU existence, this character is a natural choice for the next phase of MCU.
There is no doubt that Marvel Studios are aware of the potential offered by the horror genre, but, they need the right property to introduce the scary elements in a Marvel-friendly style. Man-Thing’s name has been doing rounds for quite some time now, and the character is capable of merging the creature horror with social issues such as the environment. DC Films is also working on the Swamp Thing film, so this might just be the competition coming up!
The original herald of today’s superhero genre, and the pathbreaker for merging the superhero and horror elements is now again with the Marvel Studios. The character is highly regarded, and his franchise has a fandom which would make it easy for Marvel to get him successfully depicted on the big screen, and also to use the vampire underworld to establish a much bigger supernatural factor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The last year’s deal between Disney and 20th Century Fox has cleared the path for the X-Men franchise to enter the MCU, and there is a large number of fans who believe that MCU Phase 4 will utilize the new arrivals. It might be incorporated at a later stage, may be when the next mega Avengers crossover event takes place, but, now that the Avengers: Infinity War makers have already hinted at a “Secret Wars” film, there might just be a platform ready to display the coming together of the Fox Marvel universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s characters.
Last on this list, but, certainly not the least, are the Fantastic Four. They have not been given the fair deal so far and with three unimpressive movies (there might be four if you take into account the disastrous 90s movie as well), and they also didn’t get the right treatment in the Marvel Comics. The cross-dimensional journeys of the Fantastic Four are also a great option to clarify how the MCU will witness some drastic changes and why we didn’t see the Fantastic Four play any role in the earlier phases of the MCU.
Avengers: Infinity War releases on the coming Friday, and other upcoming MCU films are Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.