Those complaining of comic book movie fatigue, ready your comments. Marvel Studios apparently has plans in place to continue to make movies based on its comic book properties until 2028. Last August, Marvel president Kevin Feige admitted to Wired that he "we’re planning for the year 2021" though he added that he wasn't sure it would all happen. Well, looks like they went ahead and planned another 7 years as well.
In an interview with Businessweek (via ComingSoon), Feige revealed that he has a "map" of Marvel movies on his office wall. "It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope," said Feige. "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 Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening this weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy arriving in August, Marvel is set for 2014, with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man scheduled for 2015 and Captain America 3 set to open in 2016 against Warner Brothers' Man of Steel sequel, commonly referred to as Batman vs. Superman. The question remains: what's next?
A third installment of Thor is imminent, with Marvel hiring writers to pen a script for the sequel, though an official release date has not been announced. That leaves The Avengers 3, which will likely arrive in 2017 or 2018, though there's nothing official about that either. After that there's... the map on Feige's wall.
"Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone," Feige told Wired. "Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises."
Guardians of the Galaxy could do just that. Disney CEO Robert Iger told Businessweek that Marvel could spin off individual movies from members of the Guardians team as well as The Avengers. Black Widow seems the most ready for her own solo movie, and actress Scarlett Johansson, who will play the role for the third time in The Winter Soldier, recently told ScreenRant that "the material is there, you know, and I’m, you know, I’m always willing to slip the suit back on and power through it, you know, if people want to see it."
of course, there's also Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the two newest Avengers: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), not to mention Ms. Marvel (that is, if the online rumors that the character shows up in Age of Ultron are to be believed).
Daredevil is a possibility, though with the Man Without Fear, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage all appearing in series on Netflix that culminates with a Defenders mini-series, those characters may be restricted to the small screen for now.
Then there's Doctor Strange. Marvel is apparently looking at directors to helm the movie, though Feige recently admitted that audiences may have to wait "three or four years" to see the Sorcerer Supreme.
As Iger states, "the possibilities are endless."