As it stands, Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set in stone, and it culminates with Untitled Avengers 4. Things will have changed when Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 opens Phase Four. Some characters will be dead or retired. The only guarantees we have are Spider-Man’s survival and most of the Guardians, as the Homecoming sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are the only confirmed films to date. Following the expanded number of films for Phase Three, here are eight films I think could make up the rest of Phase Four (plus some honourable mentions).
Note: Ghost Rider won’t come up as (I’m not up-to-date it so apologies if something has changed on the show) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have him for now. It is possible Netflix will use Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch, though.
Mark Spector, schizophrenic vigilante and servant of the Egyptian God Khonshu, is a really cool character and would be a great addition to the MCU. The problem is, he’s a very complex character and I’m not sure he could be done justice in a film. He might lend himself better to a Netflix series. Adding to that, he’s very violent, and Marvel seem to be keeping their bloodier stuff on Netflix.
I’d expect to see him joining the Defenders in their street-level adventures. It makes sense comics-wise as well, as he’s more likely to team up with the Punisher than Iron Man. He doesn’t do a ton of associating with other heroes, so even if he does get a film, don’t expect to see him join the Avengers (that would be weird, please never do that Kevin Feige).
Eric Brooks was given vampiric abilities when Deacon Frost feasted on his mother during childbirth. He grew up to become a vampire hunter and has in fact appeared in successful films, played by Wesley Snipes. Marvel got the rights back to him, along with Daredevil and Ghost Rider, when they made a deal that let Fox keep the Fantastic Four (unfortunately). He falls into the same category as Moon Knight for me, too violent for a Marvel Studios film. Kevin Feige has stated that they wouldn’t never make an MA-rated (R in America) film, but for now I expect these kind of characters on Netflix.
Namor the Sub-Mariner
Namor, King of Atlantis is one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He’s famous for teaming up with Captain America and the original Human Torch in the Invaders, as well as being Marvel’s first mutant. While an important character in Marvel’s history, I don’t expect the King of Atlantis to show up anytime soon, for two reasons. Marvel don’t entirely own the rights, they’re shared with Universal. I believe it’s similar to how Universal has distribution rights for Hulk solo films.
While Marvel clearly doesn’t mind letting Sony distribute Spider-Man, as they make money back on his crossover appearances and that sweet, sweet merchandising, I doubt they have the same confidence in Namor. Also, while he was created first, any Namor film is inevitably going to draw comparisons to Aquaman, who is going to be a prominent part of the DCEU. Sorry buddy, maybe put some pants on.
As I was drafting this article, I realised that it would all be sequels or films featuring established MCU characters, bar one. I think this is pretty much guaranteed, and following Phase Three’s example, there will be more of these than new characters. Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, we can expect sequels to all of these. I even think it likely that Phase Four will include two Spider-Man films. For now though, let’s speculate on new characters!
I get into more likely possibilities on the next page: