How does Marvel Studios follow up Avengers: Endgame? It’s a daunting task. The immediate follow up will be a smaller scale, and individually focused, Spider-Man: Far From Home. And there are no plans in the immediate future for another Avengers team up movie, at least not in the buzzy rumors that are swirling around the ‘net while fans wait for Marvel to officially announce its upcoming slate.
Personally, it feels like Avengers movies should go on the shelf for a while, in favor of Marvel team-up movies like Spider-Man: Far From Home – which pairs Spider-Man (Tom Holland) with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) on a European mission. But Jackson disagrees, and his opinion as far as all things MCU carries far more weight. We spoke with Jackson at the Far From Home junket and asked if Marvel should press pause on Avengers films. Here’s what he told us:
Boy, from the sound of that answer, Samuel L. Jackson seems to know some big picture answers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He implies that Nick Fury understands that a greater threat is on the horizon. Then again, Fury is paid to be paranoid by the threat of the possible. This is why he assembled the Avengers in the first place.
In Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fury and Hill are faced with a new threat in the form of The Elementals – creatures that pull their power from traditional natural elements like air, fire, sand and water. These enemies are inspired by classic Spider-Man comic villains such as Hydro-Man and Molten Man. But Fury has help.
He is assembling a smaller team than the traditional Avengers squad. He has Hill, and a new team member known as Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal). Beck is from a multiverse Earth, and claims to have battled the Elementals before. He shows up in Venice just in time to help Spider-Man (Tom Holland) stop the water Elemental. But he alerts Nick Fury that the fire Elemental is the most dangerous of them all.
How do you guys feel about Avengers movies? Will it be too hard to top Avengers: Endgame at the moment? Or should mega-team-up features like Endgame be crucial building blocks of the MCU’s phases?
Right now, all that we know about the future of the MCU are guesses. Scarlett Johansson is filming a Black Widow movie, which we think is going to go into the May 2020 release slot. Beyond that, nothing is set in stone. Future titles could include The Eternals, and sequels for The Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Black Panther.
Will those heroes make up the formation of the next Avengers team? We shall see.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.