Marvel Studios is already one film into Phase 2 of it’s Cinematic Universe, which ends May 1, 2015 with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And before that we will get Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But no one gets as far as they do without any sort of planning. Hard to imagine that it started with just one Iron Man film. Since then, the studios has become a regular face of Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con. Every announcement made during their panel is talked about for weeks. But it also gives us some insight as to what the studio has planned for its characters.
That kind of planning goes a long ways away. Even before films like Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, or even Guardians of the Galaxy, there was a great deal of planning to expand this massive universe that Marvel has in its hands. So Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige gives us a look into the planning process and reveals just how far ahead the studio has planned.
In an interview with Wired, the studio head revealed that they are currently planning through 2021. Here’s the full quote:
I could arguably say what weâ€™re planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I donâ€™t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.
That being said, they already planned for an Avengers sequel well before the first one even came out. Of course this kind of planning is contingent on the respective films performing well at the box office, but for the most part, things look like they have been moving swimmingly for the studio.
According to Wired:
Feige is coordinating at least a half-dozen films in various stages of production, making sure their individual arcs serve the overall direction.
Feige also had this to say about adding characters to it’s Cinematic Universe:
â€œFive years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that weâ€™re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.â€
Referring to films like Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the rumored Dr. Strange film, the already established heroes, and possibly more, where does it all go from here?
We already know that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on for two more Avengers films, the third of which could be released in 2018/2019 with the way things are going currently. But what does that mean for the remaining two years? Will we see new heroes, new story arcs, and most importantly, who will replace these characters when their contracts expire.