Marvel Studios began its journey with ‘Phase One’ in 2008, and it’s all been leading up to both next year and 2019’s “Avengers” films which cap off ‘Phase Three’. What lies beyond is the great unknown, with Marvel chief Kevin Feige so far having been decidedly reluctant to talk about Marvel Studios life beyond the fourth “Avengers”.
Uproxx recently had the opportunity to sit down with Feige and he says, for now, the entire studio’s focus is on their more immediate films:
“The films we are working on now – which take us through to the Avengers Untitled in May of 19 – that’s really all we are focusing on. And we are focusing on bringing, by that point, an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative to a conclusion in a satisfying way.
And where we go beyond that? Of course we will go places beyond that. And, of course, we have ideas of where we go beyond that. But, really, it is all good stories. And as the series finale of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” said, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ And part of what makes them special, there is a finite quality to the best of fictional stories through history.
And we wanted to do that at the end of our first three phases and 22 movies. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time. This is really about 10 years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way.”
Feige also says the immediate next few films will offer much more in the way of variation than the previous MCU movies which have been criticised for their sameness:
“All of the next films by design have been built to be very different, to be very unique. Ragnarok, Black Panther, certainly as we get into Infinity War and even Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is nearing the end of their production period right now. All four of those movies are distinct and special and I can’t wait for people to see.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” opens in cinemas on November 3rd.