In 2019, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reach a turning point with Avengers 4 which will wrap up most of the stories Marvel Studios has been telling over the last decades since Iron Man debuted on the big screen in 2008. With that film also comes the conclusion of many of the original Avengers actors’ contracts.
That’s not the end of the universe though.
As part of an expansive profile on the universe and it’s leader Kevin Feige from Vanity Fair, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Feige revealed there is plenty more ahead for the cinematic universe, their eyes firmly on the second decade.
“[Marvel is] 22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally,” Feige said.
Currently, the studio is enjoying the success of Thor: Ragnarok which is its 17th film in the growing cinematic universe, with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man & the Wasp, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 rounding out the twenty-two mentioned films in Feige’s quote.
Out of the 20 mentioned to come we already know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel take two of those spots, leaving 18 secret films to be revealed at some point in the future. While sequels to Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and others seem like a lock for some of those 18 spots, Feige did mention that these films will be things different than what has come before.
“We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate—geographically or in time—from the worlds that we’ve already visited,” Iger said.
That means likely no more Captain America, Iron Man or Thor led films unless those actors contracts are renewed and the films continue to grow and are wildly different than what came before. Which is possible if any of those heroes is replaced such as Falcon or Bucky taking on the Captain America mantle or we get the Jane Foster female Thor on film.
Another avenue for those 18 films are the hints from Iger, Feige, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn that Gunn will be working on some potential spinoff films set in the cosmic side of Marvel after he wraps his Guardians trilogy up.
As mentioned by Iger in the article, Marvel Studios has the rights to over 7,000 Marvel Characters meaning there are almost no limits to what the studio can do at this point. Now that audiences have proven they will turn up for anything with the Marvel name, outside of the anomaly that was Marvel’s Inhumans, the studio has free reign to keep expanding and taking new chances that don’t have to follow the same formula, as evidenced by Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Black Panther and Captain Marvel.