Superheroes may have been big business at the box office for a number of years now, but 2019 has the comic book movie genre undoubtedly reach all-new heights.
Avengers: Endgame eventually managed to unseat Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time at the end of July, with the moment undoubtedly highlighting how Marvel Studios has become an absolute blockbuster powerhouse. Of course, one obvious question has been raised by that level of success – just how do you go about topping it?
Plans for the future
The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has certainly been left in an intriguing position.
After all, Endgame is likely to prove to be the swansong for a host of characters who have anchored Marvel Studios movies in recent years. Without getting into spoilers that includes Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, although Spider-Man: Far From Home certainly offered up a tantalising glimpse as to how the latter’s position as a genius inventor and one of the richest characters from fiction could mean he still has an influence on proceedings to come.
However, it is fair to say the departure of a few key players does open the MCU up to some fresh blood and the recent announcements made at Comic-Con in San Diego certainly highlight that there are plenty of plans for the future. Here, we look at just a few of the things we are most excited about.
1. Finally, a Black Widow movie
While Natasha Romanoff has featured in a raft of the MCU’s best-loved blockbusters, she has had to wait a long time for her own moment in the spotlight. Scarlett Johansson has been a lynchpin of the franchise and she thoroughly deserves to be put front and center in a standalone adventure.
2. A new Blade
Wesley Snipes has become synonymous with Blade through the years and it was always clear that a big name would be needed if the character was ever to be rebooted. Well, Marvel has really pulled it out of the bag in style with the casting of Mahershala Ali and even his predecessor can’t wait to see him in action.
3. Portman becomes Thor
Natalie Portman did not have a great deal to do in the first two Thor films and then she was overlooked entirely when the God of Thunder went cosmic in the brilliant Ragnarok. However, she looks set to play a pivotal role in the series’ fourth outing, as she is intriguingly set to become Mighty Thor in the movie.
4. Will The Eternals be a success?
Marvel has a strong history of introducing its lesser-known characters to the big screen with major success, but can they pull the trick off once again with The Eternals? The big-name cast including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry and Richard Madden could certainly help the movie’s cause.
Plenty to look forward to
There is so much to look forward to in the next phase of the MCU and we haven’t even touched upon the slate of TV shows that are being made or the big-screen debut of Shang-Chi and the eagerly anticipated Doctor Strange sequel.
Marvel Studios is arguably at the top of its game right now and it will be fascinating to see whether these adventures will help them keep it going for years to come.