In a Vanity Fair cover story celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th Anniversary, MCU head Kevin Fiege says some characters as we know them will “exit the building”:
“After Avengers 4, an ambitious multi-franchise crossover movie slated for release in 2019, at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields.”
Partial blame can be cast on a lot of the Marvel contracts, with the actors who play them, Evans (Captain America), Ruffalo (Hulk), Downey (Iron Man), Johansson (Black Widow), Hemsworth (Thor), and Renner (Hawkeye) are sadly coming to an end. This means in the “closely guarded secret entitled” (to avoid spoilers) Avengers 4 movie, it’ll sadly be the last time we see all these big name actors together on the Marvel big screen as they hand off the torch to the next generation of MCU heroes and heroines!
Fiege also suggests Avengers 4 will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.” This could be a hint that a lot of dead Avengers will result at the hands of the villain Thanos.
“There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting,”.
Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger also joined in and tells Vanity Fair, that “Marvel’s next wave is just beginning”:
“Both Iger and Feige hinted at how the franchise will expand into different realms, with James Gunn working in close collaboration to possibly spin off some characters from the extraterrestrial world of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally,” Feige said.”