As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) embarks on its fifth phase with the upcoming film Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, the studio’s president, Kevin Feige, has taken the time to reflect on the recently concluded Phase 4. The phase was marked by numerous new introductions, both in terms of characters and storytelling mediums, as well as pivotal moments for returning heroes.
Experimentation and Introduction Define Phase 4
In a recent interview, Kevin Feige spoke about what he believed defined Phase 4 of the MCU. He stated that the primary focus of the phase was “experimentation, introduction, and reintroduction.” Feige acknowledged that the phase saw Marvel Studios venture into genres they had never explored before, allowing them to have fun with their characters and storylines.
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Kevin Feige explained,
“Absolutely. We wanted the Infinity Saga to feel complete after ‘Endgame’ and ‘Far From Home.’ But Phase 4, as I’ve said, was all about experimentation, introduction, reintroduction. And we took our time to have fun, and play in genres we hadn’t play in before, and do all sorts of fun things with these characters.”
The introduction of new heroes like America Chavez, Shang-Chi, and Kamala Khan, as well as the return of classic heroes like Doctor Strange, Wanda, and Spider-Man, defined the phase as one of growth and progress.
The Multiverse Saga and the Future of Phase 5
With Phase 5 on the horizon, Kevin Feige has hinted at the direction the MCU is heading in. He stated that while standalone films will still be a part of the next two phases, the focus will shift towards a very, very big picture. That picture, as Feige revealed, is the Multiverse Saga.
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“Kicking off Phase 5, we’ll continue that. Like in the Infinity Saga, there will be standalone films within the next two phases. But it really is, as you will certainly see in ‘Quantumania,’ heading towards the very, very big picture. And as we’ve already announced, that big picture is the Multiverse Saga in a very, very big way.”
As Phase 5 approaches, fans can expect to see the hard work and experimentation of Phase 4 come to fruition. With the shift towards a multiverse-focused storyline, the possibilities for new and exciting genres, characters, and storylines are endless.
Fans can look forward to seeing how Phase 5 will use the new genres and tones explored in Phase 4 in new and innovative ways, such as the horror tone in Werewolf by Night and the legal comedy style in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
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Kevin Feige’s recent reflections on Phase 4 and the future of the MCU serve as a reminder of the growth and progress that the franchise has undergone. As Phase 5 begins with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, fans can expect to see the continuation of the experimentation and introduction that defined Phase 4, all leading towards the exciting and expansive Multiverse Saga.
Phase 5 begins with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, releasing in theaters on February 17.
Source: The Direct