After Avengers 4 hits theaters in 2019, several of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most important characters will be retired.
In a huge Vanity Fair spread about the MCU’s tenth anniversary, there are several mentions of a changing of the guard, so to speak, once Marvel contracts come to an end in just a few years—contracts that include Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye.
So what will happen after Avengers 4? A new generation of heroes will be introduced, mingling with the current roster of characters. Marvel Studios has the rights to over 7,000 characters, so there is plenty to draw from. Not to mention there’s a slim possibility Disney could acquire the rights of X-Men back from 20th Century Fox.
“We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate—geographically or in time—from the worlds that we’ve already visited,” explained Disney CEO Big Iger.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige said there’s a tentative roadmap for at least 20 more movies set in the MCU, which are going to be completely different from what we’ve seen already. One possibility could see a spin off in the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.
As for Avengers 4, though, that will act as a finale for the universe that’s been built over the past decade.
“This may mean a lot of dead Avengers at the hands of the villain Thanos, who has appeared sporadically and tantalizingly since the first Avengers movie back in 2012,” Vanity Fair posits.
Once Avengers 4 hits, everything that comes after will apparently feel very different, Feige said. Marvel has five films coming out over the next few years, concluding with Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.