Kevin Feige shares that they have a five-year plan laid out for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having been involved with movie adaptions of Marvel stories long before he kicked off the MCU in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau's Iron Man, the producer extraordinaire has an extensive knowledge of the comic brand's stories. And he plans on continuing what they started in terms of translating these narratives onto the big screen with a definitive blueprint on where the beloved superhero universe will go in the next years.
Coming on the heels of the massive success of Avengers: Endgame, which culminated everything that has transpired in the MCU in the last decade, Feige and his team might be due for time off considering what they were able to pull off with Joe and Anthony-Russo directed flick. But work never stops as he shares that at this point, they already know what's lies in the future for the franchise.
Partaking in a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Feige was asked by a user how far the MCU is planned in advanced. The franchise architect said that they almost usually have the next five years laid out, but they always have vague ideas on what comes next after that. Despite additional queries regarding how the universe will look like by then knowing that Endgame forever changed the MCU's quo, Feige, sadly, didn't share any specific plot points. However, this didn't stop fans in the thread speculating what Marvel Studios may be cooking, but the obvious winner is the suggestion about the film series dipping its toes to the multi-universe which Spider-Man: Far From Home is already hinting at.
Not that Feige will have a shortage of characters to bring into the MCU prior, but the franchise's hero catalog got significantly longer and better after Disney's acquisitions of Fox's TV and movie assets. The deal effectively allows Marvel Studios to use the X-Men, Fantastic Four and all their tie-in characters previously with Fox in the universe. Fans are excited about this prospect with theories as early as now suggesting that either of the snaps in Endgame may have already secretly plant plot seeds that would allow the mutants to be introduced. That said, based on their tentative film slate (which they have yet to confirm but is repeatedly reported), there's no substantial clues hinting at the mutants in the MCU with films like Cate Shortland's Black Widow, Chloe Zhao's The Eternals, and Shang Chi. This is on top of sequels in the pipeline like Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2 and James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as the slew of series for Disney+.
Last year, Feige shared that they already had meetings about their 2024-2025 slate, and in 2017, he revealed that that they have another 20 films in development following Endgame. At that point, the Disney/Fox buyout was far from conclusion, it's curious if there was any major schedule shuffling to prioritize any of the X-Men or the Fantastic Four knowing how much people have been clamoring for Marvel Studios' take on these characters. Despite a set slate, they've proven that they're not immune to changing their lineup evidenced by the inclusion of Spider-Man: Homecoming in Phase 3. Chances are that any official announcements will be done at this year's San Diego Comic-Con where Marvel Studios will be back with their regular Hall H panel after skipping last year.
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- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019