Here at Bleeding Cool, we live our lives on the cutting edge of entertainment journalism. When it comes to the entertainment journalism lifestyle, we are a lot like Bill Paxton's character in Twister, The Extreme, except that instead of risking our lives in the face of a terrifying F5 vortex, we're monitoring the social media feeds of superhero movie actors in hopes of catching scraps of information that can be turned into clickbait articles — the finger of God.
Our enhanced journalistic senses are telling us that, with the end of Marvel Studios Phase Three just a few years away, everyone wants to know what's happening with Phase Four. Which popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters will return? What new Marvel characters could debut? Who will team up? How will they keep coming up with Stan Lee cameos?
To answer these questions and more, Bleeding Cool has assembled a list of everything we know so far about Marvel Studios Phase Four. Check out this awesome list below, and be sure to share it with your friends, relatives, and business acquaintances on social media. Even Linkedin.
Now stop wasting our time and let's get on with this listicle. The first thing we know about Marvel Studios Phase Four is…
GotG3, for sure
One of the biggest pieces of news we have about Marvel Studios Phase Four is that it will, "for sure," include Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Director James Gunn is still figuring out exactly what that movie will entail. He's really figuring things out. Did we mention he's figuring it out? But it's going to happen, and that's an actual fact that we know about Marvel Studios Phase Four, so it gets the first spot on the list. Which brings us to the second thing we know about Marvel Studios Phase Four…
something something Skull mumble mumble
When Samuel L. Jackson appeared for an interview on New York radio station Hot 97, he dropped a real bombshell of a spoiler. We think. To be honest, it was kind of hard to make out what he was saying. When asked about an appearance in Black Panther, Jackson revealed that he wasn't scheduled for any Marvel movies currently shooting. However, he wasn't being cut out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or anything. In fact, his character, Nick Fury, was "still out there trying to figure out what the Skull is [unintelligible]." Was Jackson just babbling nonsense, trying to sound like he knows what he's talking about even though Marvel hasn't asked him to appear in a movie since Age of Ultron? Or was he actually revealing that Hugo Weaving's character from Captain America: The First Avenger is still alive and Nick Fury will be hunting him down in a solo movie as part of Marvel Studios Phase Four? Well, it's as good a guess as any, and at least it's more of a sure thing than our next item…
Chris Evans may or may not be in it
In a recent profile with Esquire Magazine, Chris Evans revealed that, after Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, Avengers: Untitled Infinity War Sequel, he will have completed his Marvel contract. So it looks like Marvel Studios Phase Four will be missing a certain star-spangled Avenger. Except, Evans has actually expressed interest in the past in renewing his contract if Marvel wants to make more Captain America movies, though he's also talked about giving it up to focus on his directing career. Where is he at right now? Who knows? Where will he be at if offered several truckloads of money to continue playing Steve Rogers? We know that even less. One thing that we know for sure is that Marvel Studios Phase Four will either feature Chris Evans, or it won't, and personally we think narrowing it down to just two possibilities is pretty damn good thank you very much.
We hope you enjoyed this look at everything we know about Marvel Studios Phase Four so far. It's still early, and we're bound to learn lots more things as we get closer to the phase, so keep checking back with Bleeding Cool, and until we know anything more, just keep reading this article over and over again, as it will continue to be true until that point.