Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has finally confirmed a detail about Phase 4 of the MCU.
Specifically, he hinted that it’s a mess, agreeing with all the criticism of the franchise in recent years.
This month, Marvel returned to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time since 2019 with the MCU’s Infinity saga.
Marvel ‘gives away’ details about Phase 6, perhaps to get the attention of fans who criticized Phase 4
As usual, Feige laid out the studio’s plans, announcing a slew of new entries that go all the way up to the Phase 6 MCU movies and series, including the Avengers sequels, due out in 2025.
The MCU’s 2022 San Diego Comic-C0n presentation is looking to the future, it seems. While unveiling the entire Phase 5 slate makes sense as Phase 4 ends with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever this fall, Feige went on to outline his plans for the Multiverse Saga with the announcement of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
The producer’s decision to talk about Phase 6 already was surprising, since Marvel Studios is known “secretive.”
Asked about the choice, Kevin Feige explained that Marvel revealed the plans for Phase 6 so early because they wanted fans to have a “guidepost”, i.e. an idea that everything that had gone before made sense.
The fact that he felt compelled to make these announcements years before their release indicates that Marvel are aware of how bad Phase 4 was in terms of building interconnected stories.
For context, the last phase of the MCU has been criticized for being disjointed and directionless. Feige announcing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars effectively dispels concerns that Marvel Studios is falling apart.
It should be remembered that Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which wrapped up Phase 3 of the MCU, weren’t announced until halfway through Phase 2.