WOW. Marvel really knows how to think ahead!!! President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, announced that their cinematic universe is planned out through 2028. Yes, you heard me right 2028, two decades after their first attempt, Iron Man, became a smashing success.
Although they won’t be gaining back the rights to “Spider-Man” or “X-Men” any time soon, they still have over 8,000 characters they own. Although their is the phenomenon classified as The Avengers, their looking at up to five different major franchises to rival.
While Thor and Captain America (which has done incredibly well in it’s second venture) have a third movie already green-lit, were likely to see a Black Widow movie take the screen.
This news may seem like one big belated April Fool’s joke, but Feige is rarely one to make promises he can’t keep.
This may, however, be a move just to intimidate Warner Brothers, who think their DC universe (consisting of only five movies) could compete against Marvel’s anticipated forty.
Of course, this strategy will certainly depend on Guardian’s of the Galaxy’s success, which is Marvel’s first non-Avengers project. Also, the market will certainly change at the theater with a crowded slate of super-hero movies. Will people still be interested a decade down the road? We’re not sure.
Regardless, at least for this moment, their ability to capitalize on their franchises just shows why Marvel is so great. We’ll sure see how the next fourteen years play out, but for now, it seems like the studio is near unstoppable.
It pays to think ahead and we fear DC will suffer the consequences having not.