Marvel: multiverse, Kang, but where is Phase 4 going? – Film news

Upon viewing the first five Marvel Universe Phase 4 films, one question burns my lips: Is there still a guideline in the MCU? Where are Shang-Chi, The Eternals and Doctor Strange 2 taking us? Attempt to explain.

The following spoils events since the beginning of Marvel Phase 4, from the release of WandaVision to that of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Read on if you are up to date with all MCU versions.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now in theaters and the film introduces us to a new superhero, America Chavez, who has a story of his own in the comics. Also, if he learns to master his multiverse-related powers, we also see him training him at Kamar-Taj, a place specially dedicated to wizards.

Therefore, it is not impossible to imagine that by mastering the transition to the multiverse and learning witchcraft, America could become a definitive resource for the MCU and possibly the next Doctor Strange as well, in the event that Benedict Cumberbatch’s version would die or that the actor decided to leave the saga.

That said, one thing is clear: Marvel is using Phase 4 of its cinematic universe to introduce new characters who come to replace others who have already left or are fatally leaving after years of loyal service in the MCU. Past or future movies and series already offer us:

– A new Doctor Strange: America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).

– A new Hulk: She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany).

– A new Hawkeye: Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

– A new Black Widow: Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh).

– A new Captain Marvel: Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani).

– A new Ant-Man: Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), who later becomes Stature in the comics. She is Scott Lang’s daughter and she could really be featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).

– A new Iron Man: Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne, in an upcoming series and Black Panther 2).

– A new Thor? Without having seen Thor Love And Thunder it’s still too early to tell, but Natalie Portman could take on the role and the version of Hemsworth, who has suffered a lot of drama in the last few films, could retire.

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A version of the Young Avengers

The next Avengers team is well on their way to forming the Young Avengers (a relatively young team of superheroes), led by some veterans like Captain America, played by Anthony Mackie from the Falcon and the Winter Soldier series, Clint Barton or Bruce Banner , waiting for retirement or death in an adventure.

Note that the entire Young Avengers group is made up of women, unlike the 2012 Avengers team, which was, with one exception, 100% male. A rather strong symbolic act on the part of Marvel, which wants to change this image.

However, there are still some old ones …

– Natalie Portman could alternate the role of Thor with Chris Hemsworth, which would allow these two actors to carry on their other projects in parallel.

– Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Busy in the Cosmos) e the interpreter of the new Black Panther (busy in Wakanda) may only be present intermittently.

– War Machine and Nick Fury: Former relatives of Tony Stark, the Secret Invasion series will tell us whether or not they will survive the invasion of Earth by the Skrulls.

– Ant-Man and the Wasp, like Hawkeye and Laura Barton, have a family life that they can choose to prioritize and set aside. Will they do it?

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The charge of Avengers: Endgame

– The Winter Soldier: Nobody knows what future the character has in the MCU, except that his connection with Sam Wilson in Falcon and the Winter Soldier indicates that we will surely know more in Captain America 4, currently in development.

– Scarlett Witch: In the comics her children are members of the Young Avengers (Wiccan and Speed) but currently only exist in her mind. Will the multiverse allow him to adopt the children of a late Scarlet Witch into another universe? How will he return from the events of Doctor Strange 2?

– Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr Strange), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and / or Tom Holland (Spider-Man) could serve as squad leader.

… And some “strangers”:

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Guardians of the Galaxy

– The Guardians of the Galaxy: their third solo film will be decisive in knowing who stays and who goes in this group that lives a little apart from the Avengers. This also applies to Adam Warlock, who we will see there as Will Poulter.
– The Eternals: The future of this powerful even separate group within the MCU is still uncertain.
Shang-Chi: Although Wong made contact with him, he was absent from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. His future and his impact on the MCU are still unknown.

– Loki: the god of evil seems to be confined to his “multiverse” adventures linked to variants and chronologies.

– Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac): the first season ended without any concrete link with characters already established in the saga. Continues.

– The ones we haven’t seen yet but have been announced: Blade, the Dark Knight, the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, the X-Men.

A new team, but to tell what?

With the gradual arrival of these young heroes and the employment of older heroes on other themes, Phase 4 is patiently preparing Kang’s story arc in the Young Avengers comics. In fact, after several fights against the Avengers and his defeat against Captain America, this formidable opponent (already seen in Loki as Jonathan Majors) decides to go and see himself to make him a conqueror.

Kang shares his plans with him, but the teenager gets scared, steals very powerful armor to protect himself and goes to seek refuge with the Avengers, except that they are disbanded (see comics Avengers: the separation). Ant-Man and Hawkeye are dead (well, good) and the few remaining heroes decide to disband the group of heroes. The teenager, whom we will call Iron Lad, then finds a new team, the Young Avengers and together they manage to defeat Kang.

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Kang (Jonathan Majors)

But Kang is not dead and is recruiting terrifying allies across the multiverse to defeat the superheroes of Earth 616. It is unknown if Kevin Feige’s arc will go that far, but knowing that at the moment it is at the green light to prepare for the next ten years of the MCU, it is possible.

It would also explain the fact that Phase 4, which we’ve already seen half of the films on schedule, so far lacks a big villain and an imminent threat. Marvel is setting the stage, introducing new characters and setting things up for a Phase 5, which is expected to kill many “old men” and deliver the epic look that fans have already been waiting for from some movies.

In the meantime, find out more about the multiverse by going to see Doctor Strange 2, in theaters now:

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