Just because Avengers: Infinity War could be the end, doesn’t mean it will be the end. In the film, Thanos seeks to collect the all-powerful Infinity Stones to bring forth balance within the universe. The Mad Titan suffered a great tragedy when he couldn’t save his home planet of Titan, and now he believes that if he is to save the universe, he will have to destroy it.
So it’s unclear what kind of future the founding Avengers have beyond Infinity War. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige clearly has a plan. In anticipation for the film, Feige is talking about the future of the studio and the effect the Fox and Disney merger could have on their plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More on the story, below.
In an interview with EW, Feige talked about how Avengers: Infinity War acts as a finale for their current plans. However, just because it has the look and feel of a finale, doesn’t mean it’s the end for the MCU:
“With Infinity War, itâ€™s coming to a climax, coming to a conclusion of seeds with all the MacGuffins in various movies, and with Untitled Avengers a year later, bringing what will be that first 22 movie arc to a finality. That doesnâ€™t mean there are no movies after that. Of course not. It means the movies after that will be changed. Again, it goes to the comics. Every great event in the 50 plus years of publishing history would have an impact on the individual books going forward after that.”
With the MCU exploring locations like Wakanda and space, it would expand beyond what we already know. And now that the Disney and Fox merger is waiting to be approved, could we expect to see the X Mansion and the Baxter Building? Feige says we should probably not hold our collective breaths:
“There are some with a couple of other players involved that would have to be negotiated with. Then, of course, Spider-Man is still with Sony, independent of our agreement to do the films together. But most of them are home now. If that Fox thing happens, yeah, thatâ€™ll be the majority.
Itâ€™s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3. These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and weâ€™re told, ‘Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,’ is when weâ€™ll actually start thinking about it. I will say just the notion of having what, frankly, most other companies with [intellectual property] have all along, which is access to all of their characters, that would be fun.”
Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on April 27, 2018.