Despite being unable to utilise the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Kevin Feige has taken characters like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man and turned them into household names even bigger than those listed above. In 2012, Avengers Assemble grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, and each of the movies produced by the Disney owned Marvel Studios continues to find critical and commercial success.
Of course, Feige’s plans don’t stop with those characters, and with the likes of Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy on the way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger!
In a lengthy piece over at Bloomberg, it’s revealed that Feige has a map of films on his office wall which reaches as right into the next decade, with the Marvel Studios President quotes as saying, “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it.’ They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
With Feige recently stating that he would be open to expanding Marvel’s yearly releases to three or four movies instead of two, it’s interesting to ponder which characters they might be planning on utilising moving forwards. He’s hinted in the past that he believes the right approach to continuing their adventures after an actor leaves is to recast like the James Bond series, so the likes of the Hulk and Hawkeye – both of whom will have larger roles in Avengers: Age of Utltron – will be around for a while yet.
However, the report goes on to reveal that there have been meetings in regards to giving the new heroes who will be introduced in Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel their own spin-offs. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are very real possibilities then, as are Black Panther and Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel, two more characters rumoured to appear.
Oh, and for those of you hoping to see a lot more of the Guardians of the Galaxy after that fantastic first trailer, plans are being put in place for Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon to get their own features if they’re well received in the space set movie helmed by James Gunn.
As Fox struggles to build a coherent cinematic universe with the X-Men and Fantastic Four and Sony grasps at straws with spin-offs based around villains like the Sinister Six and Venom, Marvel Studios definitely seems to have the advantage…