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Get ready because the Star Wars and The Marvel Cinematic Universe are going to be here for a long, long time

January 26th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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It’s not a bad time to be a part of Disney. The film giants have numerous live-action adaptations of classic stories coming up, including Cinderella and Jungle Book, while there are countless Marvel and Star Wars films scheduled for release over the next five years.

Concerning Marvel, there’s Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Age of Ultron, another Ant-Man & Inhumans. There’s also the small matter of the untitled Spider-Man reboots. 

As for Star Wars, there’s Episode VIII (albeit a little later than first planned), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Episode IX and an untitled Han Solo spin off. There’s also been plenty of talk about an Obi-Wan and Boba Fett film, but they’re yet to be confirmed.

If that wasn’t enough for you, Disney CEO Bob Iger has some good news for you: “There will be more [Star Wars films] after that,” he told BBC Newsbeat (via Squareeyed). “I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often.”

Then, when asked about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iger said: “Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters – that will go on forever.”

He also doesn’t see the cinematic universes disappearing anytime soon: “No, I don’t think they’re getting weary,” he said.

“But I think we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excites them, that makes it feel new and that is what we do for a living.”


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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.