The Marvel Cinematic Universe feels so integrated into the pop culture norm that it’s hard to believe the first Iron Man movie only came out in 2008. With that, the powerhouse studio is planning to honor its first decade of moviemaking with a celebration.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige spoke a little about what they have planned for the 10-year celebration. “Primarily the movies we’re releasing next year are the celebration of the ten years. Black Panther, obviously Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those are the primary focus,” He goes on to talk about the similarities he is trying to instill between the MCU and the original Star Wars trilogy, and having “fond memories in 1987 of Star Wars, the first ten years, ’78-’87. They made a logo, they had t-shirts, they did small stuff. That was during the dark ages of Star Wars, where there hadn’t been anything. Thankfully we’re not in the dark ages right now with the MCU, but I think there’ll be just acknowledgments of the ten years that have come before. There will be some merchandise released and some re-releases in home video. Primarily it is all leading up to the three movies in particular and obviously, Infinity War.”
Looks like we will have quite a bit to look forward to starting in the new year, but we also know that whatever this first iteration of the MCU has been will be coming to an end (in some way or another) after the release of the third and fourth Avengers movies. Where will the studio go after that? When asked about announcing any future titles after 2020, Feige quickly stated: “Yes. It won’t be for a while. Our focus is on the next six movies. Finishing the first three phases, getting Untitled Avengers out into the world on May 19th before publicly focusing on anything else.”
It’s no secret that Marvel’s timeline has been a bit fuzzy, especially in the last few years. The idea that all this could end after Infinity War is a hard pill to swallow considering the potential sequels to Doctor Strange and Ant-Man, as well as James Gunn’s third chapter of Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is set to take place many, many years after Vol. 2 (that movie picked up almost immediately after the first one which, again, messed with the timeline). There is a good chance that many characters will still appear in subsequent sequels and spinoffs even after these last Avengers’ movies.
It’s going to be a huge year for Marvel in 2018 but before that remember Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3, 2017.
Images: Marvel, Disney