We already know that we’re in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening today (Editor’s note: I’m officially jealous of all of you who got to see it at a midnight showing!) and Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron still to come. Phase Three will kick off next summer with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. But are we all prepared for Phase Four, Phase Five and beyond? Because Marvel Studios is.
Not content with simply racking up big box office in this decade, Marvel Studios has plans that stretch well into the next one. That’s according to company president Kevin Feige, who had this to say to Bloomberg Businessweek about the movie map he has on his office wall:
“It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it.’ They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
Obviously it’s way too early to even speculate about how many super hero movies that might mean, but for fans like myself who never dreamed of a day when so many would make it to the big screen, this is an amazing thought. And since I’m a big proponent of the idea that movie studios will keep making certain kinds of films as long as we show up to see them, it’s got a chance of happening as long as they pull people in — which in turn depends on Marvel making good movies, of course.
Perhaps the best part is that with Guardians and Ant-Man, Marvel has already shown it doesn’t feel a need to stick to the most well-known heroes when it considers characters for film treatments. So good news Stingray: there’s hope for your solo flick yet, maybe somewhere in Phase Seven.