Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has explained why the Avengers movies are now positioned to be saga cappers rather than team-up movies that arrive in the final chapters of each MCU phase.
Speaking to MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Feige discussed the future of the MCU and how there’s been a shift in the way they craft their plans, with the Avengers films now being placed at the end of a complete saga that includes several phases instead of being released as a culminating film of each individual phase, bearing in mind that there are now more projects spanning fewer years.
“The truth is, when we were doing Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3, there were fewer projects over more years,” Feige asserted, reflecting on previous phases of the MCU. “It was about smaller projects and individual character stories, and it seemed fitting at that time that after every two or three years it took for a phase, we would make an ‘Avengers’ movie. .”
The Infinity Saga, encompassing Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the MCU, featured four Avengers films over seven years, with the first Avengers film released in 2012 and the last arriving in 2019. The first three Avengers films were released with three years between each, while Infinity War and Endgame debuted a year apart.
The next Avengers movie, The Kang Dynasty, is slated for release in 2025, six years after Endgame hit theaters. Feige explained that the bigger gap between the Avengers films is in part due to the fact that major superhero team-up films are now scattered throughout each MCU phase, changing how the Avengers films are factored into the release schedules.
“As [Phase] 4, 5 and 6 were coming together, there are more projects in fewer years – because of all the amazing things we’re now allowed to do on Disney+, and get characters from Fox, Fantastic Four and Deadpool – that it was like, certainly after ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’, that we thought the ‘Avengers’ movies weren’t cappers,” he said. “So many of our movies now – ‘Multiverse of Madness” and what you’re about to see in [‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’]all are great team-up movies introducing great parts of the mythology… The ‘Avengers’ movies really should be the crowning glory of a saga.”
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Every Upcoming Movie and TV Show
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and will close out Phase 6 alongside Avengers: Secret Wars. Kang Dynasty will hit the big screen on May 2, 2025, and Secret Wars will be released six months later on November 7, 2025. Phase 6 will also officially conclude the MCU’s second saga, now known as The Multiverse Saga.
Secret Wars might just be Marvel’s biggest superhero movie yet, one that may eclipse even Avengers: Endgame in scope and number of characters involved. If you’re unfamiliar with this massive cosmic epic, you might want to check out IGN’s breakdown of everything you need to know about Secret Wars and why Phase 6 will be the greatest ever.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.