Kevin Feige is currently one of (or maybe the most) powerful executive producers in all of Hollywood, thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that he was responsible for launching in 2008 with the first Iron Man film. The franchise has indeed grown and evolved, starting with phase one with the solo films consisting of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, The Incredible Hulk (yes, fellow readers, the 2008 film IS canon), and the first two Iron Man films all culminating with the first Avengers film. That launching not only kicked off The Infinity Saga but made all the Marvel characters a part of pop culture and iconic to general audiences everywhere.
Since 2019, with the conclusion of The Infinity Saga in Avengers: Endgame (and Spider-Man: Far from Home, in a way), the world is (maybe being a tad impatient) waiting for the inevitable untitled Avengers 5 film. But Feige, being the mastermind of the universe that he built, is one step ahead of the general public regarding the storyline for the sagas that are being assembled (pun intended) for the years to come.
While promoting the upcoming theatrical release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Steve Weintraub of Collider asked Feige about when the next eventual team-up might be, and he answered that question in a very vague way:
“I think we want there to be a reasonable amount of time from the Endgame to start a new saga, which is already underway and already started. And then you need time, as you did in Phase 1, to build that saga before you start bringing everyone together.”
To remind everyone who is reading this, the team up films in the MCU are extremely different now than in the first two phases of the saga. The MCU characters still have their own movies, but crossovers are happening right now with some upcoming films. The Scarlet Witch and Loki will appear in the highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and before the release of that film, Doctor Strange will show up to help out Spidey in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although this new trend started with Thor: Ragnarok with the title character and Hulk, it will be a fun and cool experiment to see how this goes for a while.
Speaking of far out projects, another highly anticipated project that we the fans are dying to see in theaters, hopefully in the next couple of years, is the upcoming Deadpool 3 featuring the return of Ryan Reynolds in his full-fledged MCU debut on film. Comicbook.com also spoke to the uber busy Feige about the current status on pre production of the film. He offered some good news regarding the project!
"We do. And the script is in the works and Ryan is working very hard on it with our writers as we speak."
Deadpool 3 will have a brand new creative team since Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wrote the first two movies, are not returning to the franchise. They have been replaced by Bob's Burgers writers, Emmy Award winners Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin. No director is attached to the threequel right now. Reynolds will continue to be involved with the creative process like he was in the first two Deadpool movies.
Reynolds did offer his own update for Deadpool 3 while promoting Free Guy, saying that there's about a 70% chance that they will begin production sometime next year. If this were to happen, it's possible that the threequel might come out in 2023 or even 2024. As of right now, the MCU's official Phase 4 slate goes into May 2023 with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ending phase 4. Deadpool 3 COULD kick off Phase 5 later in 2023.
Written By Andre Porter
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