Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige teases official MCU timeline and plans for Phase Four

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 AM EDT (Updated)

With so many Marvel movies having been made over the last decade and characters  crisscrossing studio franchises (see Sony's Spider-Man popping up in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War), casual fans would be forgiven for wondering how it all fits together.

Well, Kevin Feige has the answer.

While making the media rounds promoting Thor: Ragnarok, the Marvel Studios boss has revealed plans are in the works to release an official timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to help keep track of continuity issues.

So in case anybody was wondering how to square 2012's Avengers with the wallcrawler's appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set eight years after the destruction of New York in the former and touched off controversy about whether it messes with the MCU timeline, fear not.

"All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I’m not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline," Feige told Screenrant.

He added: "Suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case."

The Marvel boss also teased what's to come about the MCU's oft-hyped "Phase Four," said to be kicking off after the release of 2019's untitled fourth Avengers entry.

In an interview with Uproxx, he shared that when that fourth Avengers film comes out, the "continuous shared fictional narrative" he and his team have mapped out over the last ten years will wrap up "in a satisfying way."

And at that point, where they go from there is anybody's guess.

"Of course we will go places beyond [Phases 1-3]. And, of course, we have ideas of where we go beyond that. But, really, it is all good stories. And as the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation said, 'All good things must come to an end.'" Feige said. "And part of what makes them special, there is a finite quality to the best of fictional stories through history. And we wanted to do that at the end of our first three phases and 22 movies. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time."

Perhaps by then, Marvel Studios will have finally snagged The Fantastic Four away from Twentieth Century Fox. Fingers crossed.