The Marvel Cinematic Universe is at a very important crossroads. It’s been a successful and carefully planned first decade, but now, after Infinity War, everything has shifted. There’s still a second part to this saga, but judging by the shocker of an ending to the first part, when the dust clears on Avengers 4, there’s a good chance that the roster of the Avengers will be forever changed
Off-screen, many of the original six’s contracts will be coming to an end. While this isn’t a set-in-stone end, it does not sound promising. Contracts can be extended or renewed, but that is nothing but hope and speculation at this point.
And then, of course, there are the FOX Studios characters. With the recent acquisition by Disney of Marvel characters including Deadpool, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four, it is not hard to imagine that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and the other heads up top will be looking to put the MCU golden touch on them in future films.
It is not just the FOX characters that Disney and Marvel have to work with, either. As most fans know, the characters portrayed in the MCU are but a fraction of the many characters that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and many other pioneers of Marvel have created.
As Infinity War’s success continues to mount, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Disney CEO, Bob Iger, about what’s next for the beloved rag-tag crew of aliens, geniuses, and gifted beings.
“We meet on a regular basis with our Marvel team, and we’ve plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade. I’m guessing we will try our hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond Avengers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see more Avengers down the road. We just haven’t made any announcements about that,” Iger said.
Disney Parks is currently working with Marvel on a worldwide project to add Marvel heroes and villains to many of the parks, including a fully immersive Marvel-themed land in Disney’s California Adventure, so it seems counterproductive to slow the connection between fans and their favorite characters on-screen. Iger agrees that the era is not ending, simply adapting.
“Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie,” Iger continued.
The Avengers are an integral part of the Marvel incorporation at Disney Parks, and Avengers: Infinity War is easily one of the most successful films Disney has ever had their name attached to. For all the fans out there worried that this new balanced universe will not continue on after Thanos snapped his fingers, never fear, the teams at Marvel and Disney are far from ready to close the book.