Phase Four has been the most criticized of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe phases thus far, with many claiming that there was a lack of focus or a unifying, overarching theme that suggested where the following stage of interconnected storytelling was going. Kevin Feige did not mislead when he said that everything would be revealed soon; ironically, he wasn’t lying.
After a leaked trademarked filings, we learned that we’re in the midst of the Multiverse Saga with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania set to start Phase Five, which will lead up to two epic Avengers movies in 2025, Secret Wars and then with The Kang Dynasty coming six months after that.
The general consensus is that the Mandarin character was well done; however, some felt his justification for doing so didn’t ring true. The intention here was to focus on/use characters from recent movies and TV shows rather than drawing in something new with a name or concept that could be confusing.
“Well, I think we learn something on every project we do. But as we were laying out and even three years ago, here, laying out Phase Four, which we didn’t lay out all of but most of. You know, we realized that it’s very different than Phase One, Two, and Three. That there are more projects and less years and therefore, it didn’t seem right to culminate… you know, we’re not gonna culminate every 10 months in an Avengers movie.
And each of the films themselves now has become quite big and are crossover events in many ways. And after the creative experience we had with Infinity War and Endgame, it felt like it was about capping a saga. Saving back-to-back Avengers films for the completion of a saga. And that’s really what we wanted to lay out today.”
The MCU may have already undergone a significant change by the time The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars arrive, so even attempting to guess what happens between now and then is a hopeless (but amusing) endeavor.