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By Mary Rozembajgier
The start of the new year means the start of another year of fantastic Marvel movies, with 2019 being a big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Not only will we finally see the true impact of Thanos’s fatal snap, but 2019 brings the start of a new phase.
From the start, Marvel has been releasing their movies in “phases”. These phases share commonalities: Phase 1 was essentially an introduction to the characters, while Phase 2 was mainly sequels. Phase 3, the most recent phase, will end with Avengers: Endgame. Thus, there has been much speculation as to what Phase 4 will look like . . . especially after the seemingly heavy losses from Avengers: Infinity War.
This year, Marvel’s 2019 season begins with Captain Marvel on March 8th. This movie follows Carol Danvers, an air force hero who is also a member of the alien Kree army. We already know Captain Marvel will be key in the defeat of Thanos. In the second end credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury was seen contacting her right before he faded into dust. Additionally, in a recent interview, Samuel L. Jackson leaked that Captain Marvel has the ability to time travel, suggesting she could hypothetically bring back everyone who died in Avengers: Infinity War.
In less than 100 days, on April 26th, Marvel will release Avengers: Endgame, the fourth of the Avengers films. Avengers: Endgame will resolve the loose ends from Avengers: Infinity War and will also be the final installment of the third phase. The trailer for Avengers: Endgame suggests that Scott Lang (Ant-Man) will somehow escape the Quantum Realm – where we saw him last in the Ant-Man and the Wasp’s first end credit. This may be important as Lang could now have the Quantum Realm’s “healing energies” with him. Although, as with all of Marvel’s trailers, this must be taken with a grain of salt.
Many fans have taken it upon themselves to form theories as to how Avengers: Endgame will play out. These theories range from probable to wildly outrageous, but are nevertheless quite fun. In general, while MCU theorists agree that not all the characters who died in Avengers: Infinity War are actually dead, there seems to be a consensus that this will be the last time all six original Avengers share the screen.
In addition, there is some speculation about secret meaning behind the title of the fourth Avengers film. While it is clearly a reference to Dr. Strange’s explanation for giving Thanos the Time Stone – “We’re in the endgame now” – it could also be alluding to something Tony Stark said in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony’s creation of Ultron was fueled by a vision given to him by Scarlet Witch. In this hallucination, Stark is asked by Steve Rogers “Why didn’t you do more?” as the Avengers lay dead and Chitauri armies (from Marvel’s The Avengers) circle around them. This leads Stark to the creation of Ultron, which he hopes will create a “suit of armor around the world.” When giving a motivational speech to the Avengers after the dinner party where Ultron is released, Stark says some pretty important things:
Tony Stark: “We’re the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there . . . that’s the endgame. How are you guys planning on beating that?”
Steve Rogers: “Together.”
Tony Stark: “We’ll lose.”
Steve Rogers: “And we’ll do that together too.”
This exchange is extremely important! Not only does it give insight into how Avengers: Endgame might end, but it reinforces Marvel’s crazy attention to detail. The MCU plot line is seamless and anything from earlier movies is game in this final showdown.
Once MCU fans have (hopefully) recovered from Avengers: Endgame’s repercussions, Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released in early July. According to the new trailer released, both Tom Holland and Samuel L. Jackson will be starring in the movie. While this does suggest they both survive Avengers: Endgame, Marvel could be tricking us and showing content from before Thanos halves the population. Additionally, the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer features a new hero. This only strengthens the hypotheses that Phase 4 of the MCU will be quite different. Regardless, we can be sure the second installment of the Spider-Man franchise will be just as hilarious as the first.
While this is all Marvel has planned for 2019, their release pattern suggests a potential film in November. Marvel usually releases in March, May, July, and November – giving us hope for a fourth film this year. Additionally, there has been talk of filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and a Black Widow film during 2019.
Clearly, we can expect another wonderful year of entertainment, joy, and loss from the MCU. My advice? Grab some popcorn and get caught up on all your old Marvel favorites before settling in for the 2019 Marvel season!
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