Spoilers follow for Avengers: Endgame.
When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the times they are a-changin’. We’re living in a post-SDCC world which means for the first time fans have an idea of where the sprawling superhero franchise is headed after the triumphant, record-breaking, and climactic events of Avengers: Endgame.
The twenty-second film in the MCU saw the death of the erstwhile leader of the Avengers, Tony Stark, and the retirement of his partner in superheroism, Steve Rogers. Directors the Russo brothers also killed Black Widow, sent Thor into space, left Hulk devastated by the death of Natasha, and reconnected Hawkeye with his family, essentially disbanding the core of the team that’s been at the heart of the shared cinematic universe for the past decade. With Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes breaking off to star in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Scarlet Witch (and Vision?) moving over to the WandaVision TV shows, we find ourselves in a phase completely devoid of the mega-franchise team on which the entire MCU has been built. But–hear us out–that might actually be a good thing.