Marvel has introduced many new characters in their feature films recently. The next feature film will be Doctor Strange, who hasn’t been introduced in any previous movies. And then next year, we will have a Black Panther movie, having only met T’Challa in this year’s Captain America: Civil War. While America knows Spider-Man from previous incarnations, we will first see the MCU version next year, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In addition to all of these men, we will also have the first female star of a Marvel movie, with Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.
Is this a change in direction for Marvel, moving away from Tony Stark, Captain America, and the rest of The Avengers? Comicbook.com posed the question for Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige.
“You always look to the comic books, as we do, and you look at how rosters shift and rosters change and characters go away for a while and characters come back,” Feige says. “I would guess that we would get to that soon. Luckily, we’re years away from it. Everything that we’re doing right now when we’re not here getting ready for Comic-Con is focused on the nine movies that will be produced over the next three years and that takes up all of our time and all of our thoughts and all of those include all of those great actors you just mentioned and all of those characters.”
The new crop of actors is exciting, and the future of Marvel looks good for the next few years. Feige explained that they have their eye on the future, beyond what we already know.
“We always look at a horizon line that’s usually about five years off,” Feige explains. “Sometimes, even that is sort of a pipe dream, sometimes it even goes beyond that. That’s usually what we’re looking at. Right now, we know through and have announced through 2019. We have ideas and pretty firm of where we’re going in 2020. 2021, which still sounds like the crazy, far fetched future to me, but 2021 is still in flux through 2025.”
While we are in no hurry to see any of the original Avengers leave the MCU, many fans are holding their breath in expectation that at some point, at least one character will have their mortality proven. It is nice to know that there isn’t a phasing out process in place, and that we may see some of our older favorites in the future. With Infinity Wars coming down the road, we will probably be given a good idea the direction that Marvel is looking, with those more-established characters.
What would you like to see with the original Avengers, as the MCU moves forward? Let us know in the comments!