Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow. That’s where it started.

It’s now become Falcon, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, The Wasp, Doctor Strange and The Guardians of the Galaxy, with Valkyrie and Captain Marvel on her way as well as Adam Warlock in some not-too-far future.

But before we get to him, we have to get through Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War, currently in filming for it’s 2018 release. A year later, the fourth Avengers film, somehow connected to the Infinity War saga, will come out — that title’s not yet been revealed. A very major part of this entire story has been Chris Evans as Captain America. He spoke with the UK’s Telegraph, talking about his initial contract with Marvel Studios, how it changed and why. As he said —

“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in — Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie … It made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”

Wrap everything up, you say.


To our ears, it sounds like Evans is saying a few things. First off, he’ll most likely be done by the end of the fourth film. However, since he’s also gone on record saying he enjoys doing the films and would absolutely do more, our guess is that he won’t die in these films, he’ll simply decide he’s done being a soldier. Or maybe something will happen to make him want to quit the game. Whatever it is, our guess is that Marvel Studios may decide to keep Captain America around just in case they need to recruit him for another film.

As for wrapping everything up, this more or less fits with what studio chief Kevin Feige has said about the future of their franchise, with him saying Phase Four is not necessarily going to be like anything else they’ve done with their films. That is, since Phase One, they’ve been building to Thanos; however, post-Thanos, the way they construct their universe, the stories they tell, the types of stories and their interconnectivity will all be different. That isn’t to say they won’t intersect in any way, our guess is that they’ll intersect even more, but chances are good there will not be one, large, looming over-arching villain that each film is building to.

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