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  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't done with the Avengers, but that doesn't mean that fans should expect more of the same.

  • Speaking with MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, studio boss Kevin Feige revealed that Mighty Marvel indeed has plans for its flagship superhero team moving forward, but that said team will look quite a bit different from what we're used to.

  • This shouldn't come as too big of a shock, because in terms of brand recognition, the Avengers name is without equal in the world of mainstream film.

  • Each of the four films that have been released so far with that word in the title have grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

  • The Infinity Saga-culminating Avengers: Endgame even became the all-time box office champion, surpassing the decade-old record previously held by James Cameron's Avatar.

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  • According to Feige, a new iteration of the Avengers is on the horizon, but it's not likely to feature many, if any, revamped versions of heroes we're familiar with.

  • The King Geek was asked point-blank by MTV News if he and the rest of the Marvel Studios brain trust know what the next Avengers team will look like, and he replied, "Yes."

  • After a lengthy pause, Feige continued, "It will be a very different team than what we've seen before, that's what Endgame was all about.“

  • "It will be a very different incarnation of the team, with some people you've already met, and some people you haven't met yet."

  • Whatever form this team eventually takes, it seems safe to say that we won't see another proper Avengers film for quite some time, considering that the entirety of Marvel's Phase 4 slate was announced during the studio's rapturously received Comic-Con panel.

  • And there was nary a giant team-up flick to be found.

  • There may be a few clues, however, hidden in the details we know so far about Phase 4 and beyond.

  • First, it's been revealed that two prominent characters will be getting their introductions by way of standalone solo flicks in the coming years.

  • One during Phase 4, and one during Phase 5.

  • February 12th, 2021, will see the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will introduce audiences worldwide to the legendary Master of Kung Fu, along withdrumroll pleasethe actual Mandarin!

  • "You want something?"

  • "Take it!"

  • "Although, the guns are all fake because the- wouldn't trust me with the real ones."

  • "What?"

  • We said the actual Mandarin!

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  • Anyway

  • Marvel hopes that the flick with its mostly Asian cast and behind-the-camera talent will be the kind of paradigm-shifting event that 2018's Black Panther proved to be.

  • And if this works like we all know it probably will, the character would be a fine inclusion in team-up films in the future.

  • In the comics, Shang-Chi, although he has no superpowers for most of his heroic career, is among the finest unarmed combatants in existence, more than capable of going toe-to-toe with superpowered opponents.

  • Phase 5 will bring us the solo vehicle for that deadly, smack-talking half human-half vampire Blade, who was portrayed by Wesley Snipes in the successful film trilogy of the late '90s and early 2000s.

  • In the MCU, the "daywalker" will be played by two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, and it seems unlikely that Marvel would cast an actor of that caliber without having some pretty big plans for the future.

  • Save for those two additions to some potential super squadwell, who knows?

  • Feige suggested to MTV News that, though there may never be another culmination of a decade-long arc like Endgame, that doesn't mean that the future of the MCU won't play host to some thrilling events.

  • He elaborated: "That's what I love about the Marvel comic method of storytelling."

  • "I love things that build up, they build to a crescendo, they all get together, they separate, they change."

  • "And now that we get to do that, not just in movies but on these mega-event series on Disney+, it's just invigorated all of us at Marvel Studios to keep going."

  • Feige and company certainly haven't steered us wrong so far, and like you, we can't wait to see what they have in store for us in the years ahead.

  • It'll be interesting to see whether Marvel can make household names out of some relatively lesser-known characters yet again, which is almost certainly the plan, and we wouldn't bet against them.

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    Ingrid posted on 2019/07/31
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