What’s next for Marvel after the Infinity Wars?

It all comes down to this. “Avengers: Infinity War” arrived in cinemas on April 27 with the supervillain Thanos finally joining the party. But, with thousands of characters and the ability to draw big-name, talented actors and directors to their films, we can’t help but wonder what will come after the Infinity Wars. It has been reported that there are another 20 films to come after the Infinity Wars.

So, let’s see how the Infinity Wars will impact the future of the MCU and the films that could come after it.

Thanos and his cronies mean business

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Thanos is bringing four of his adoptive children with him to make defending the infinity stones that much more difficult. Each member of the Black Order presents the power to eliminate major Avengers superheroes. Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw make up a deadly unit capable of ousting even the most powerful Avengers.

The Mad Titan and his crew have to make an impact, not just by picking up the infinity stones, but also by slaying some much-loved superheroes. The trailers see Thanos, Ebony Maw, and Corvus Glaive getting the upper hand on Captain America, Doctor Strange, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Vision.

Goodbye to the old-guard?

Captain America may be the most expendable of the three. His character is the exact heroic kind that would sacrifice himself taking on a behemoth like Thanos and, based on the Civil War comics, he’s on borrowed time. But, of course, the MCU does diverge from the comics along many storylines to keep it exciting. Iron Man has a lot going for him and is a major character in other big storylines in the Marvel universe. Plus, he’s taken on the role of developing the new talent.

Next is Thor. The first two films weren’t Marvel’s best but, to many, Thor: Ragnarok redeemed the Norse god’s film line. Norse mythology is an incredibly popular theme across all genres and has appeared in many loved films and shows outside of the MCU, such as The Mask, How to Train Your Dragon, and the television show Vikings. As well as Thor and Norse gathering huge audiences for their showings on the big and small screen, they’re very popular in games. Thor is a favourite in the games Marvel Contest of Champions and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and the wider theme is present in the hyped upcoming game God of War as well as existing games such as Asgardian Stones, Wild Nords, and Hall of Gods at Betsafe’s online casino. Despite Thor and the Norse theme’s popularity, when the god meets Thanos, he probably won’t hit the jackpot like in the games, but could very well meet his end.

Anyone of these three could meet their end at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order.

Films to come

Already penned in for release are Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 2018), Captain Marvel (March 2019), a Spider-Man sequel (July 2019), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2020).

Given the cast assembled at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a Ravagers film could well be on its way. But, one of the most anticipated solo hero films could well be Black Panther II. The first one obliterated the box office, grossing $635.6 million. As of March 29th, that’s $10m more than Marvel’s biggest grossing film, Marvel’s The Avengers.

In the Black Panther comics (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2016), T’Challa returns to Wakanda following his time with the Avengers. The once secluded and peaceful nation delves into a state of unrest, and the Black Panther must battle an enchantress, a shaman, his own people, and those who used to be loyal to him. Iron Man and Luke Cage also make appearances in the story, which would be a great way to sachet Luke Cage from his Netflix series to the big screen.
The Infinity Wars are said to bring a conclusion to this phase of the MCU, so Thanos and the Black Order will most probably be defeated in some manner. The next phase has likely already been decided by the MCU creators but, for fans, the Infinity War films will provide huge indications as to the next phase of films, and who will survive to be in the next big storyline.

  

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