Kevin Feige opens up about what's next for the Marvel universe after Phase 3

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Apr 18, 2016, 12:06 PM EDT

It’s hard to believe we’re currently 12 films deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with Phase 3 on the horizon, the studio’s head honcho Kevin Feige is already looking toward what comes next.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feige talked about how they plan to keep the machine rolling as they start pushing into the decade mark with a cohesive universe. Though they haven’t quite reached the point of recasting and writing off superheroes wholesale, you’d have to think it’s in the cards, eventually, and Feige said that’s one reason they’re digging into some new heroes with Phase 3 (i.e. Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel).

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I think you look at comics as a guide. I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases.”

It’s very telling that Feige points to the comic canon for inspiration, and it makes you wonder if they might pull a universe-busting “event” a la the comics when it reaches a tipping point. Hey, there are worse ways to explain recasting aging heroes and shaking up the status quo. It’s been a staple of the comics for years, right?

Director Joe Russo, who is handling Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War with his brother Anthony, said they’re starting down a course of “deconstructing” the formula that has made Marvel such a box-office power the past decade. It starts with Civil War and really explodes with Infinity War:

“Things always get deconstructed, right? You build things up and people enjoy the experiences you’ve built up. But then you kind of reach an apex or you reach a climax, a moment where you go, ‘This structure is really going to start to be repetitious if we do this again, so what do we do now?’ So now, you deconstruct it. We’re in the deconstruction phase with Civil War and leading into Infinity War, which are the culmination films.”

What do you think of Marvel’s strategy? What would you like to see from Phase 4 and beyond?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)