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We Are In The Endgame But What's Next?

As our great friendly doctor (but not our usual friendly doctor, if there's one) with a cape, Dr. Stephen Strange (Yes, Stephen is his name. Don't forget), told us one time: "We are in the Endgame now."

Endgame is over, but that's not the end for the MCU. That's why today we have a look at what could happen next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

To start, Avengers: Endgame not only put an end to the threat of one of the greatest villains in Marvel comic and movie history, Thanos (Yeah, the purple guy who went to a farm after casually destroying half the Universe's population), it was also the end of the "Infinity War Saga", formed by the first 22 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A story that started with Phase 1 in 2008, with Iron Man being the first superhero to debut, and culminated in 2019, with Phase 3 (by killing off Mr Purple and our beloved Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man).

Now that Tony is not here to save the day someone should step up and take the reigns of Marvel but who should that be? What are the MCU's plans for the future? Will Thor return again as a muscular version of himself (but playing Fortnite this time with Drax and Groot)? Or will Howard the Duck finally get his own movie? (Deadpool has one, why not our beloved shit-talking duck?)

With the final installment of Marvel's Phase 3: Spider-Man: Far From Home coming soon, some details about Phase 4 might be revealed (I'm not leaving the cinema until I see a post-credit scene. Not leaving dammit!). However, not all questions can be answered in one single scene (with Deadpool eating a sandwich next to Peter Parker), so it's time to start cracking our brains (not literally, please put that axe down, man) and think about what Phase 4 could bring to your nearest cinema.

One thing is clear: X-Men (and Deadpool) will be gracing our screens as part of Marvel in the not-so-distant future. It's true that Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' president, has admitted that it will take some years for the Marvel superheroes belonging to 20th Century Fox to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even after the acquisition of the big 6 company (Big 5 now, right? Disney is just eating them all up). But, this is Marvel after all, surprises can happen.

And more often than we think (Who would have though Thanos would die twice in the same movie?). Wolverine or Deadpool, for example, are well-known superhero characters of the franchise, which have proven success in their multiple adaptations to cinema (Sorry Fantastic 4 fans, that doesn't apply to you guys). Some websites estimate that Fox has the rights to 7,000 Marvel Comics characters, which on their vast majority have not appeared in the big screen (7,000 characters?! who even comes up with this?!).

Next, more things that could come with Phase 4. Let me think. Erm...

Got it! Female superheroes!

In Endgame, the final battle against Thanos showed us several heroines from the MCU all together fighting against Mr Purple: Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, Pepper Potts, Gamora and The Wasp, among others (When all the girls assembled tho, literal chills).

This is an idea that Marvel could use for a future movie, where all Marvel female characters fight together against a major threat (Who doesn't like some of those?). It would clearly be a powerful proposal, inclusive and related to the "#MeToo" spirit of these times. And a nice concept to work inclusion into the Marvel picture. And considering the major box office hits that were Captain Marvel and Black Panther alike, the company would be smart to try to diversify their heroes.

In addition, there are important precedents in comics, where both the X-men and the "A-Force" have had huge success adding strong female leads to inspire young generations of female comic book readers. The A-team includes heroes such as Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Medusa and Dazzler.

With the hero side secured thanks to the the X-Men plus Deadpool, plus Fantastic 4, plus all the 7,000 characters 20th Century Fox owns, the big question is who should take over Thanos as the big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the 22 films that form The Infinity Saga, many villains have fought against our favorite superheroes: Ultron, Red Skull, Loki, The Mandarin, Hela, Ronan the Accuser... But the real threat was Thanos, who was pulling the strings behind several of them, with the only intention of getting the Infinity Gems to accomplish his Universal genocide.

Now that Thanos is gone (twice in a row. Unlucky guy), fans would like to see other memorable villains attempting to destroy the Marvel Universe (because destroying is fun, right? Right?).

The first villain that could come to MCU's mind is the omnipotent cosmic being Galactus, famous villain of the Fantastic Four. Another great enemy and a fan favourite is the Fantastic 4's archenemy Doctor Doom, the scientific genius who hides his disfigured face behind a metal mask.

Other famous names that could make their MCU debuts are Magneto, Kang The Conqueror, Annihilus, Adam Warlock, Norman Osborne, Namor The Sub-mariner, even Professor Hulk could be an option.

But, at this point, Marvel is unpredictable and everything could happen. There could be a horror movie with a superhero, a spy movie, a war movie or even Ant Man babysitting (With Marvel you never know, right?). Unfortunately, we'll need to wait for Spider-man: Far From Home and see how the story we all love continues (Can't wait... Can't wait! CAN'T WAIT!).

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