After sitting down with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and talking all things currently Marvel, I can say this much: At the moment, dollars dictate. Pure and simple.
Yes, there will have to be new blood steadily pumped in (Marvel is currently going with a “one sequel, one new property” per year model) – but if the box office returns and fan love are behind a particular property, and the actor(s) is willing and able, a deal will get struck and that particular actor/character will continue on into further installments. For the franchises and characters that can’t drum up the profits to justify their own solo existence… well, that’s what team-up films are for, right? (Hulk, looking at you, buddy…)
At this time, any reports about New Avengers - from “sources” or otherwise – are simply premature. There is no concrete story planned that far in advanced demanding that this or that character end up on a New Avengers squad by 20-twenty-something. What there is, is a loose vision of overarching story ideas; some new risks like Guardians and Ant-Man bought and paid for by the mega-success of Avengers; a lot of on-the-fly trial and error decision-making; and some very frustrated directors left in the wake of the Marvel Movieverse’s at times stumbling expansion.
That’s all to say: This is a pretty fluid situation from a business point – and whatever the best laid plans MAY be, they could be drastically altered by whatever developments occur between now and the distant future of Marvel Phase 4.
Would we like to see some New Avengers by Phase 4? Who would we want on the team? What would the storyline be? Well, that’s a great discussion for another article (which is probably coming soon).
WATCH: Kevin Feige Talks About the Future of Marvel Movies
Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.