Even though “Avengers 5” is now inevitable, Marvel has kept “Avengers: Endgame” in front of audiences as the last “The Avengers” movie, and this odd strategy actually makes sense.
Three years after its release, “Avengers: Endgame” is still a relatively good superhero movie and the second-highest-grossing film in history after “Avatar.”
So far, however, there has been no word on “Avengers 5”, no mention of a planned release date or word on a director.
This is the first time since the inception of the Marvel Universe that audiences have been unsure of where the franchise is headed and when another Avengers movie will follow.
So far, the Avengers gathering has been the culmination of every phase of the Marvel Universe, but that tradition was changed in Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe.
So far, the focal point and climax of Marvel movies has been in standalone productions like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” or “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.
The reality that so little is known about the next “The Avengers” may sound a little strange.
But considering that after the “Avengers: Endgame” movie, Marvel had to deal with people’s growing expectations for the future, it is OK for Marvel to regard “Avengers: Endgame” as the last movie of “The Avengers” understand.
In the not-so-distant future, without a single team-assembled film, independent films and Disney+ franchises will have time to shine and not have to carry the burden of supporting the larger goals of the next step.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has faced a problem not only in Phase 3, but from the very beginning, and that’s the constant anticipation of what’s coming next.
Rather, it’s about anticipating when and how the Avengers will get together again.
Nick Fury’s first reference to the Avengers in the end credits of “Iron Man” changed the way the project was made, creating a tradition that has been both a blessing and a curse for the Marvel Universe.
A preview of the next big thing will enrich the movie viewing experience, but it can also overshadow what each movie has to offer on its own.
Well now that they’ve reversed that tradition and stopped announcing plans for a team ensemble, the absence of the upcoming “The Avengers” movie makes the one-man movie more daring than ever.
For example, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will see Wanda and Doctor Strange team up in a film, and multiple cameos are expected, including Patrick Stewart, who has already confirmed his return to play Professor X.
Once “Avengers 5” is released, or it becomes clear who the next boss in the Marvel Universe will be, it’s going to be hard for the rest of Marvel’s work to take center stage.
This explains why Marvel has so far led audiences to think of “Avengers: Endgame” as the ultimate Avengers movie, and it remains to be seen when that will change.