Although fans are looking forward to the next Avengers film, in order to hopefully save our heroes, we all have to think about what will come after that. Phase 4 of the MCU will invite new stories for our old characters, but also new stories with new characters. This is something that has been stewing for a long time among creatives like Kevin Feige, who seems to be willing to break the mold that Marvel films like Avengers and Guardians (among others) had established before.
Apart from the MCU, many characters have been brought to life onscreen, some with more success than others. With time, some of the older characters may be reborn and some never-before-seen ones will be introduced, both within the MCU and outside it. While Sony had done an original Spider-Man trilogy, it is now looking to do multiple origin films of supporting Spider-Man characters in an unprecedented, bold direction for the studio.
As Phase 4 of the MCU approaches, moving in new and different directions is not out of the question, and it seems that Kevin Feige is already looking to move that way.
During the Ant-Man and the Wasp press junket, Feige spoke with Comicbook.com about some possible characters that could be added to the MCU in the future, such as Two-Gun Kid or Ghost Rider. The films for characters like those, for instance, may require different genres than what we’ve seen from the MCU, perhaps a Western or something in that realm.
Feige says he’s not opposed to adding a new type of film to the roster of the MCU; in fact, he welcomes it. He had the following to say:
“I’m interested in all of them. I love film. I love film, I love all different film genres. I saw Hereditary, I’m still rattled by that one. You seen Hereditary? It’s amazing but it sticks with ya. So, specifically, to horror, western, I don’t know, but generally to continuing to play with genres and continue to explore other genres, absolutely.”
The expansion into other areas of film has already begun, and the critical and fan response has been favorable so far.