Infinity War has been out for a few weeks now, and Marvel has already started talking about what the future might hold for its characters.
As if that mention of Infinity War wasn't enough, here's your warning: there are spoilers ahead.
On cinema screens, Marvel is discussing the possibilities of more diversity in the MCU, in particular with Ryan Coogler explaining that he would love to do a female-led Wakanda film, explaining to Variety that "There's a whole section of the film where T'Challa is out of the movie and you're just following the women... That part of the movie you feel like you're watching something fresh and new... We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie." The good news for Coogler? Even though T'Challa may be gone (although who really believes all of those new Avengers are gone for good?), at the very least, we know that Danai Gurira's Okoye survived. Who better to take up the mantel than his fiercest warrior?
Furthering these ideas, Nate Moore, producer for Black Panther, said in an exclusive with ComicBook.com that "We know there's a ton more story to tell in Wakanda." The writers were aware that T'Challa would be dusted in Infinity War, while working on their own film, but that allowed them to plan for what might come next.
Speaking of super-ladies, Kevin Feige revealed that Marvel has some serious plans in the works for Ms. Marvel. No, not Captain Marvel, of course we know she's on her way, but Ms. Marvel, the young Muslim-American teen whose family emigrated from Pakistan in the comic books. Marvel seems to understand the importance of representation, even if only encouraged by the box-office turnouts for films like Black Panther.
The way the answer is framed, it doesn't seem likely that she will get her own film, but even seeing her simply introduced into something like a Captain Marvel sequel or the Spider-Man series would be enough. This young woman needs to be on the big screen.
News for the Silver Screen is not the only thing coming out of Disney/ABC/Marvel though. They also officially announced the renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a sixth season. What was originally announced for a midseason release as a shortened 13-episode season, is actually being pushed back for a summer 2019 release. ABC president Channing Dungey says that this shift is not directly linked the what is happening in the wider MCU. The final episodes of this current season have only hinted at the events of Infinity War, referencing "what is happening in New York" and even dropping the name Thanos. Although clearly happening in time with the beginning of Infinity War, the only possibility for future AoS is for either half the team to disappear, or for the show to delay its next season. So whatever the powers that be may say, the delay is almost definitely due to the cinematic goings ons.
The final announcement made by anyone related to this franchise is that Marvel's Inhumans has been cancelled. But that really comes as no surprise to anyone.
So what does the Marvel Cinematic Universe hold? With one episode left of AoS and Ant-Man and the Wasp releasing in July, there are bound to be questions left unanswered, and we'll just have to sit calmly and wait for that fateful Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 next year.
I guess we ravenous fans always have DC's Aquaman to tide us over.