That’s a lot of movies. Awesome.
The news comes from a piece at Business Week (Note: If you know enough about Marvel comics to recognize characters by description then reading this article has potential spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy). Here’s the excerpt in question:
Much of Marvel’s success can be attributed to Feige. He has a special understanding of comics, fans, superheroes, and narrative. He concedes that Marvel won’t recover the film rights to Spider-Man or the X-Men anytime soon but says Marvel has something more valuable: a universe of thousands of characters it controls entirely. That means Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters, creating a vast audience for almost any Marvel movie. People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There’s a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige’s office. “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it,’?” he laughs. “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
Iger would like to replicate the success of The Avengers with other Marvel teams. He says Marvel could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features….Iger and Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, recently met with the Marvel team to talk about new heroes who will be introduced in Age of Ultron and could be spun off in their own films as well. Iger declines to name them. “The possibilities are endless,” he says.
First, 2028, even if they stick to the two movies a year formula, that’s still a lot of movies over the next 14 years (and chances are they’ll go up to three or even four films a year assuming they remain as successful as they have been).
It’s also interesting to me that he has conceded that they may never get Spider-Man or X-Men back but to be honest I’m not sure what they would do with them if they got them back anyway. X-Men is a franchise running 7 films (with 2 more announced) and Spider-Man has had two series of films in ten years; to say they are saturated would be an understatement.
What I’d really like to see is not only the plan as it’s laid out, but I’d like to see the plan as it originally stood as well as every revision they’ve made. Did they have a plan for a second Incredible Hulk film (for example)? What heroes do they have on the docket other than Dr Strange and Ms. Marvel? Which ones are for TV and which are for movies?
Regardless of all that it is just good to know that they have a long term plan. The seeds of what they are working on for phase three have already been planted un the current phase two films, will we see long term set up stuff for phase four during phase three?
Either way it’s an exciting time to be a Marvel Comics fan.