Marvel cannot be stopped. At a special Marvel event, Kevin Feige announced all of the phase 3 films that Marvel is going to make between now and 2019. Yes 2019 is so far away and there is so much to speculate on at this point. However, I want to speculate past 2019. Phase 4 will be here before we know it, and I want to be the guy who was able to say, "Ha I told ya so 6 years ago!"
How could you possibly follow up the big finale that is [The Avengers: Infinity War](movie:738027)? First off, I suspect that not many actors from the first 3 phases will reprise their roles. Marvel is going to have to find new characters for us to love and get to know. Marvel is going to have to use a character that can do the same that Iron Man did for us all the way back in 2008. I suspect that Black Panther, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), and the Inhumans will be the properties that they decide to keep going with into phase 4. Im not saying that we won't see characters like Black Widow and Iron Man again, but they will probably be in camoes or just end up being recast.
Marvel is going to need someone to help guide the MCU in a new direction when phase 4 starts. Daredevil (which is set to premiere on Netflix next year) is going to be that character. We will already have met the character and know him from his own series plus The Defenders series. Marvel will (hopefully) bring the series and these character to the big screen in phase 4. However, they will likely look to Daredevil to lead the charge because moviegoers are most acquainted with him. Thanks to the new "Worlds Greatest Detective."
Anyway! A smart move for Marvel is to introduce a villain that we can root for. Yep...we need a new loki. Who could be a replacement for the God of Mischief as a villain we can root for. Well how about a villain that can turn into a good guy by the end of the film and get his own in the future!?
This is the guy for the job. Frank Castle AKA The Punisher is the perfect badass that fans will want to see breathe new life into the 12 year old franchise. If you don't know, The Punisher and Daredevil have a storied history together. Most of it has not been very pretty. These two even got their own series that they duked it out in. If Marvel is smart, which we all know that they are, they will introduce us to The Punisher in the first Daredevil movie as a secondary villain. By the end, Frank Castle will have a change of heart and will become the ass kicking anti-hero we all know.
Phase 4 might not be what you are thinking about right now regarding Marvel. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is coming out in a few short months and that is sure to be nothing short of epic! However, looking to the future, and hell even a little farther than that, is phase 4. That will be here before we know it and if Marvel introduces us to badass characters such as Daredevil and Punisher as leading men in phase 4, then we might have something refreshing and special on our hands!
What do you think of Marvel's plans for phase 4? What would you like to see in the future from Marvel? Let me know in the comments below!