Well, it seems that anyone hoping for an end to the Marvel/Avengers universe movie to end should not hold their breath…
As we reported last August (here), Feige has had long-term plans (until 2021) for a while now, in fact, he now has another seven years mapped out – that’s until 2028!
According to Slash Film, “that plan might include spinoffs into solo movies focusing on either Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) or Groot (Vin Diesel). They’ve also discussed spinning the new characters introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron off into their own movies.”
The information was published in Business Week and includes a quote from Disney CEO Bob Iger: “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.”
But what of spin-offs from standalone movie ie Guardians Of The Galaxy? Feige says: 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.
Slashfilm write: “The article also documents a pretty awesome exchange between Feige and Gunn in the Guardians edit room last month where they describe a scene that sounds very much like Thanos floating in space. “That could not be a bigger spoiler,” Feige said. The article is basically a detailed Marvel Studios history lesson, but it’s definitely worth a read for that alone.”
right, time to go get a copy…