The Multiverse Saga Only Has 2 Avengers Movies
MCU architect Kevin Feige explains why they scaled back on the number of Avengers films in MCU the Multiverse Saga. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explained during San Diego Comic-Con 2022 interviews why there are fewer Avengers films in The Multiverse Saga, the next set of films forming Phases 4, 5, and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever since assembling for the first time in 2012 during the Battle of New York, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have established themselves as the premier superhero team in the MCU. After The Infinity Saga however, the status of the Avengers is unknown.
The wait for the next outing for the team, in whatever form(s) it takes, will be a while longer as Avengers 5 won’t be out until the end of Phase 6 in May 2025. Marvel Studios is releasing the blockbuster and its direct sequel Avengers 6 within a span of only a few months with a premiere date of November 2025. Officially titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, the two epics were among the the many projects announced and dated during Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic-Con Hall H pane – which Screen Rant’s Ash Crossan hosted – although no story details have been released thus far. When the whole Multiverse Saga is over, Phases 4, 5, and 6 will only have two Avengers films – a notably lesser amount compared to The Infinity Saga’s four.
Phase 5 Can’t Repeat Phase 4, No Matter What The Russos Think – Joe & Anthony Russo say that MCU Phase 5 should just be like Phase 4. Here’s why Marvel Studios shouldn’t listen to the Avengers: Endgame directors. The MCU Phase 5 can’t simply be a repeat of Phase 4, despite the Russo Brothers’ thoughts. Widely regarded as two of the most influential directors in the franchise, the filmmaking duo culminated in the Infinity Saga with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Despite the Russos’ current non-involvement in the franchise, their opinion still has weight, especially with regards to what the MCU’s movie and TV show future looks like.
After the Infinity Saga, the MCU is currently in the process of rebuilding the universe. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, Marvel Studios needed to delay starting Phase 4, but once it kicked off, there has been a steady stream of new content from the franchise both on the big and small screen via Disney+. Considering the retirement of some of the franchise’s founding heroes, there is a clear focus on introducing new characters and progressing the stories of already existing players in the MCU. Even at the tail end of Phase 4, however, it’s still too early to tell what’s the franchise’s next overarching arc. Russos say that they want Marvel Studios to be bolder in their creative choices, citing how they have been taking more risks in Phase 4. Essentially, the Avengers: Endgame directors are hoping that the franchise simply continues what they are doing now moving forward. However, this is ill advice. Phase 4 should function as a transition period, bridging the Infinity Saga and Marvel Studios’ next storytelling chapter. If the franchise just carries on with what they are doing now in Phase 5, the MCU would feel further cluttered and aimless — contrary to what it is known for. In its first three Phases, there was an overarching plot, something that makes revisiting them more enjoyable and satisfying. It is understandable that it is still unclear what the franchise’s next Infinity Saga storyline will be, considering that it is still rebuilding, but MCU Phase 5 movie and TV projects need to be more streamlined. To achieve that, Phase 5 can’t simply be just a repeat of Phase 4.
Feige explained that it all boils down to how quickly-paced their storytelling has been for The Multiverse Saga. Because more projects are released in a year – in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming service – Phases tend to be shorter, but they cannot end them all with an Avengers film, somehow similar to what they did in The Infinity Saga. So, they decided to release Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars back-to-back in 2025. Well, I think we learn something on every project we do. But as we were laying out and even three years ago, here, laying out Phase 4, which we didn’t lay out all of but most of. You know, we realized that it’s very different than Phase 1, 2, & 3. That there are more projects and less years and therefore, it didn’t seem right to culminate… you know, we’re not gonna culminate every 10 months in an Avengers movie. And each of the films themselves now has become quite big and are crossover events in many ways. And after the creative experience we had with Infinity War and Endgame, it felt like it was about capping a saga. Saving back-to-back Avengers films for the completion of a saga. And that’s really what we wanted to lay out today.