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With Avengers: Infinity War pulling in well over $1 billion at the global box office, and each of the other films in the Avengers franchise being among the highest-grossing films of all time, it isn’t hyperbolic to say the series is successful.
And, following on from Infinity War, Avengers 4 will wrap up the intertwined storyarcs that started way back in 2008’s Iron-Man.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Avengers 4 will be the end of the Avengers franchise.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, stating;
“Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie.”
And, whilst the contracts for the likes of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and the other core Avengers are due to expire with Avengers 4, there is always the potential that some might still sign on for the prospect of more films, or the assumed certainty that more characters will join the team and the MCU.
But, it seems that Iger and co. have their eyes on other franchises to lead the MCU forwards, outside of the Avengers.
Iger also mentioned;
“We meet on a regular basis with our Marvel team, and we’ve plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade.
I’m guessing we will try out hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond Avengers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see more Avengers down the road. We just haven’t made any announcements about that.”
As we have already seen, Marvel has plans for at least three movies over the next few years, including Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the supposedly confirmed Black Widow movie. Note; none of these movies has a confirmed release date or any other details.
Aside from that, the future of Marvel‘s upcoming Phase 4 is wide-open, meaning that any hero or a team could become the central driving force of the MCU, whether that be the Guardians, a new Avengers team, or a new team altogether.
And none of this is even taking the prospect of either the Fantastic Four or the X-Men becoming a part of the MCU.
Regardless what the future holds, there’s clearly no sign of Marvel Studios slowing down anytime soon.