The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will mark a new beginning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as several stories come to a close.
Speaking with the Toronto Sun, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noted that the Spidey sequel would be a turning point for the MCU, while Avengers 4 brings a 22-movie arc to a close.
“We are looking at a five-movie storyline – Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 – or whatever we end up calling it – as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker,” Feige said.
Since Iron Man kicked off the MCU in 2008, this franchise has gone through multiple phases. The series is currently in the middle of its third phase with Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4 still on the horizon. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel will commence Phase 4 in 2019, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
“This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there,” Feige explained.
Does this mean that some of our favorite heroes could die in the two upcoming Avengers films? Robert Downey Jr. has already hinted that he’ll stop playing Iron Man before it becomes embarrassing. Given the mentor-mentee relationship Tony Stark and Peter Parker share in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel could be setting up Iron Man to pass the torch to a younger superhero. In any case, the MCU is clearly just getting started.
Check out our review of Spider-Man: Homecoming here.