Phase 4 MCU 12 Things We May See (And 13 Marvel Will Never Let Us Have)

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Death is not the end; and not just because right now Elon Musk is working on android bodies so that Robo-Musk can forever hook up with Cyber-Grimes while we mere mortals toil away in the Morlock caves. No, death is not the end because no matter if one man dies, a country collapses or even half the universe turns to dust in the wind, there are still more stories to be told.

When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences seem eager for more, and right now the folks with the right credentials and qualifications are coordinating characters and story arcs to create the hotly anticipated Phase 4 of the MCU. Of course, unlike when the grand deluge of details on Phase 3 took the wind out of Ant-Man’s sails, Kevin Feige has played it coy about what’s to come in the next stage of the MCU. Sure, some stray films have been confirmed since then, like Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and others seem inevitable, as the unprecedented success of Black Panther nearly demands a sequel. But as for the rest, all we can do is speculate. So, that’s what we intend to do; give you guys a healthy mix of reasonable expectations and those moonshot ideas too wild for them to ever give us.


With Spider-Man proper in the MCU, an animated Miles Morales on the way, and Sony threatening to wring every ounce of goodwill it had built up by teaming with Marvel through things like Venom and the announced Black & Silver, some might suggest it doesn’t seem too unlikely that Spider-Man 2099 could get his shot at the spotlight. And while it’s certainly possible that Miguel O’Hara could appear in the aforementioned Into the Spider-Verse animated feature, here’s our hot take:

A live action Spider-Man 2099 is too bonkers, even for a studio rooted in Thunder Gods and talking raccoons.

For starters, while Sony may be spinning off more alternate universes than you could shake a web-shooter at, Marvel Studios proper has yet to dive into the idea of alternate realities. Even if they do begin toying with the idea that its long-established cinematic universe might not be the only one, one would imagine a dystopian cyberpunk future might cut a bit too close to the aesthetic of competitor-turned-acquisition Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Add in the fact that recent “darkest timeline” future films like Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One failed to make a remarkable box-office splash, and we can safely say our dreams of a neon-lit web-slinger from an alternate timeline may remain bound to the comic book page.

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