Marvel producer says everything in Phase 4 is a 'reaction' to Avengers: Endgame
The events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 are all based on the emotional reaction of the characters to the events of Avengers: Endgame.
At the conclusion of Endgame, Thanos is defeated but Ironman has died, while Captain America goes back in time to be with his love, Agent Carter.
The beings in the universe are also dealing with the return of their loved ones following 'The Blip' which saw Thanos murder half of all living things.
Phase 4 has seen the MCU dip into television as well as movie releases as we have seen such Disney+ shows as Wandavision, Falcon and the Winter Solider, Hawkeye, Loki, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel.
In the cinema, there have been sequels for Doctor Strange and Thor as well as new adventures with The Eternals and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.
Richie Palmer, production and development head of Marvel Studios, says everything that is happening is based on the events of Endgame.
"Phase Four is all a reaction – and I don't mean on our part as filmmakers, I mean the characters...It's a reaction to the trauma of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame," he told Empire.
"We're still feeling those effects in these movies years later."
Wandavision kicks off Phase 4
It was Wandavision that acted as the catalyst for Phase 4, and it received critical acclaim. Crucially, it set up the multiverse, which will be a major driving plot device over the next few years within the MCU.
Within Wandavision, Elizabeth Olsen's character is forced to deal with the loss of her children, Billy and Tommy, as well as the death of her husband, Vision.
The grief sees her turn into the villainous Scarlet Witch, who is the main antagonist in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
"It's also something we spoke to Elizabeth Olsen about every step of the way, that for her, Wanda's full journey is leading to a moment of accountability. And we think she's gotten there," Palmer said.
"She's aware now, 'Oh, I'm supposed to be this god. I've always known this kinda, under the surface, but it's now been told to me. Now, my way of dealing with my loss and trauma is just going full-in to what I am, which is the Scarlet Witch, so I'm going to be that.'
"Of course, in our movie, she's like, 'I don't want to be that, I want to go be with my kids. So leave me alone, but I'm just letting you know that I am the Scarlet Witch, so don't mess with me.'"
Action / Fantasy
2019 • 182 minutes