The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded exponentially ever since Tony Stark first revealed his identity as Iron Man across the world in his first film, which was released nearly a decade ago.
And as new franchises have been established with different characters, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been steadily working each film toward an endgame in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. The film also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Marvel movies and hopefully kicks off another 10 years worth of movies.
It sort of blows my mind when I think about that,” Feige said. “We’ll have 20 films in ten years. We’re now working on how we mark that occasion. How we celebrate it. I have a very fun memory of the tenth anniversary of Star Wars when I as in junior high school. Now Star Wars is 40 and I wonder what Marvel Studios will be in another 30 years. I have no idea. But I know we’re very proud of the last ten years and we want to celebrate that somehow. ‘Infinity War’ will, frankly, be that celebration.”
Feige talked about whether Infinity War was the result of a strict roadmap or if Marvel Studios allowed the plan to change at all during the filmmaking process.
“It is, I think, a very good combination of both,” Feige said. “It’s a result of having a goal and having an endgame. It’s about heading towards that and still being willing to make adjustments along the way where it serves whatever film we’re working on. We never want to be so rigid in a structure that we don’t allow ourselves to do fun, new, unexpected things that can happen along the way. I’d say it’s a pretty healthy combination of both… We started out being very excited that we were finally able to be the people creatively responsible for a Marvel film ourselves and do them in the way that our instincts sort of called for us to do them. That has remained unchanged.”
After the massively successful Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s box office opening, Marvel Studios’ next film is Spider-Man: Homecoming opening in theaters July 7. Thor: Ragnarok follows on November 3, then Black Panther on February 16, 2018.
All roads lead to the biggest superhero team up in MCU history when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.
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Avengers: Infinity War is described by Marvel Studios as the culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man in 2008. The movie is filming now under directors Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The expansive confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos. Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back for a May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release, respectively.