Kevin Feige says the Marvel Studios films from the first three phases of the MCU are “The Infinity Saga.” The Marvel Studios boss has just finished rolling out their first female-led solo superhero film in Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, but he’s already shifting his focus on wrapping up the 22-film arc that they’ve been treading since 2008’s Iron Man in next month’s Avengers: Endgame.
While the MCU has so far been divided into phases, each ending with a major Avengers team-up movie, it has been clear for the majority of film series’ run that everything has been building towards a final chapter. Feige emphasizes this in an interview featured in the latest issue of Empire, where he discusses creating the conclusion to over a decade’s worth of film making.
“We wanted to bring to a conclusion a series of movies in a way that had never been done before,” Feige says regarding the decision to use the Infinity Saga title. “Harry Potter had an ending because there were only so many books. Lord of the Rings too. But we thought, 22 movies in, wouldn’t it be fun to bring some finality to the story-line.”
Avengers: Endgame will be the final film in The Infinity Saga, and bring the story of Thanos and his quest to use the Infinity Gauntlet to a close. While not every film in the Saga has been instrumental to Thanos’ quest – we didn’t see our first Infinity Stone until the Tesseract was revealed in the post-credits sequence at the end of the MCU’s fourth film, Thor – The Infinity Saga seems a fitting name for the story arc. We can only assume, one day this will all make for a great Blu Ray gift set.
With phase four set to begin after Endgame, Marvel might be adding newly acquired Fox Studios’ content, that includes Fantastic Four and X-men.