SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Actor Tom Hiddleston speaks onstage at Marvel Studios "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Return of the Old Guard

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As we mourn the departure of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, we have to remember that on the cusp of Infinity War. We were just getting to know a handful of amazing heroes as they were dusted… but eventually brought back. King T’Challa and Doctor Strange are the new Old Guard and the future Heroes of Earth will need them to help guide them. Each of these characters are tied to important parts of the Marvel Mythos and so far we’ve only got a taste of them. Black Panther and the Country of Wakanda is filled with a rich and dynamic history and how they affect the world going forward will be very important. Doctor Strange introduced the mystical side of the MCU and showed us that there are realms beyond our own, Dormammu himself was only scratching the possibilities of lore in the history of Doctor Strange. Even Ant-Man still has so much potential story to tell with the Quantum Realm, Sam Wilson as the Falcon now has a future as Captain America…there’s just so much more to explore with the Old Guard.

The Next Wave of Young Heroes

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Something Spider-Man has taught us is that not all heroes are adults and that the world can and will be saved by the generations who are still growing up in this new world full of super powered heroes and villains. It’s time to bring the likes of Kamala Khan and Riri Willians into the limelight. On top of that, when we look at the old guard we see a fractured group of heroes who have their stories and worries and were brought together by the will and leadership of experienced tech billionaire and inventor Tony Stark and war hero and soldier Captain America. It doesn’t make sense for young Peter Parker to suddenly be commanding the Winter Soldier or Doctor Strange or the Hulk. We need the next generation of Avengers to find their own ‘Iron Man’ in someone like Peter Parker and come together for their own reasons.

A Different Kind of Story

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Kevin Feige has promised us a new type of storytelling in the movies following the Infinity Saga but we still have no idea what that’s supposed to look like. Disney + may have some hand in it and perhaps even the Black Widow movie will give us an idea. It seems an odd move to start the next saga with a movie that takes place even before Iron Man 1, but in Fiege we trust. Something that Marvel struggled with through Phase 1 was finding a way to tell multi-arc character stories without taking away from each separate film and what it was trying to accomplish. The best example is the Hulk’s arc that we saw unfold through Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok and while it was ok, there was so much more to unpack there. Hopefully Feige and the MCU find a more authentic way to tell these stories through the next Saga. With the help of upcoming Disney +, I don’t think that will be an issue.

The Start of the Mutants

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With Disney’s acquisition of Fox, we know they have plans for both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, but with the way Hollywood works and how far ahead these things are planned, it may be a minute before we get them in earnest on the silver screen. Knowing Marvel, we’ll still get some tidbits and teasers to whet our appetite. Mutants are such an integral part of the Marvel Mythos, you can’t just wake up one day and there’s suddenly a Mutant threat, we need to see it sprinkled in bit by bit. We need to be able to go back 10 movies from now and see characters or events in a different light, because this whole time the mutant origins were unfolding, slowly in front of us.

What’s NEXT?

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Now it wasn’t until the first Avenger’s movie that we got any real idea of what Feige and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had in store for us. So, what can expect in the next phase or saga of the MCU? Is it even possible to try and top the Infinity Saga and Thanos? Obviously, we don’t want it to out right spoiled but Feige is a master at peppering in clues and easter eggs pointing to the bigger picture. With the line-up of the next phase of movies will we be able to narrow down or pinpoint the direction of the MCU?

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