The future is definitely woke as “Captain Marvel” has just become the seventh MCU film to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide – pushing the total of the twenty-one films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a collective $18.5 billion to date.
The announcement comes as Disney showed off a new clip from “Avengers: Endgame” during its CinemaCon presentation this afternoon with Carol Danvers figuring prominently in the footage where she interacted with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. The group contemplates how to track down and take down Thanos all whilst trying to tell Carol to slow down as she just wants to rush off and kill the Titan.
The future of Marvel Studios beyond ‘Endgame’ is beginning to clear up a bit as preparations get underway for what’s coming next. With “Black Widow” to shoot in June and “The Eternals” to film in August, it’s looking like both are set to be Marvel’s two key 2020 titles.
One of them, most likely “The Eternals,” is expected to be the first Marvel Studios film featuring an openly gay lead character with ‘Endgame’ director Joe Russo this week being asked on at a convention if there was an LGBTQ character coming to the MCU to which he responded: “100% and you will see one very soon.”
Further down the track will be the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film which recently rehired director James Gunn after the public fallout surrounding his departure. Actor Dave Bautista recently spoke with Variety about the rehiring and his previous threats of walking away were it to go forward without Gunn. He says:
“I am contractually obligated [to do the third movie], but I think that Marvel and Disney – if I had really stood my ground and said, ‘I don’t want to do this without James’ – I think that they are decent enough that they would’ve let me out of my contract. I wanted to bring it home. These guys are like family to me and I wanted to be involved in the third one. I wanted to use James’ script because it’s a beautiful script. Moving forward without James was a real personal issue with me.”
There’s no release date officially announced for the third ‘Guardians’ which isn’t expected to film for a while yet – the most likely release will be sometime in 2022.