Warning: this article may contain spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame signals the end of an era for the original Avengers team, and makes way for a new set of superheroes.
In just over ten years, Marvel Studios has released a massive total of 22 films. By contrast, the James Bond series has released 25 films since 1962.
Yet the reign of Marvel is far from over. With Avengers: Endgame already raking in over $1.2 billion at the global box office, it seems unlikely that Marvel will stop making films anytime soon. The studio has already set release dates for eight films from 2020 to 2022.
Following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019, the Marvel cinematic universe will enter Phase 4. Sequels to Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther are in the works, as are new entries like Shang-Chi, The Eternals, Black Widow and a number of new X-Men films.
The Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao, will tell the story of a race of ancient super humans created by the Celestials. The Celestials were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, with Peter Quill’s father Ego being one of them. Angelina Kolie and Kumail Nanjiani are set to star in the film.
Thor fans will be happy to know that the character will be joining the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; Thor will reportedly star in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which is currently in pre-production.
It’s also possible that the Fantastic Four and Deadpool franchises may continue, given that Disney now owns both 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios.
Marvel’s rival, DC, is also set to release a number of new films. Joaquin Phoenix will star as the Joker later this year, and in 2020 Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 will grace our screens.
While the original Avengers team has come to an end, there is much more in store for the Marvel cinematic universe.