The saying often goes that you can't have too much of a good thing, and in Marvel's example that might mean closing out the Avengers at the conclusion of the Infinity War saga. Between now and the end of that storyline, we will have seen Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel and the Untitled Avengers movie premiering on May 19, 2019.
Speaking with Uproxx this week, Marvel president Kevin Feige indicated that the end to that blockbuster will likely close that entire arc that begun with 2008's Iron Man. Rather than see the franchise fold, he pointed to another science-fiction property as an example whereby a series managed to reinvent itself and bring in a new audience in the process.
2019's Avengers Will Be a Conclusion ... of Sorts
Feige has been an ever-present in the entire set-up of the Marvel cinematic world. Surely he has an idea of what the future holds beyond 2019, right?
"Well, all I’ll say is the films we are working on now – which take us through to the Avengers Untitled in May of 19 – that’s really all we are focusing on," remarked Feige. "And we are focusing on bringing, by that point, an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative to a conclusion in a satisfying way."
Given the amount of content available with the comic books, there must be a myriad of storylines to adapt. But as Feige tells it, there is a strong focus on closing the Avengers chapter before any further steps are taken.
"Where we go beyond that? Of course we will go places beyond that. And, of course, we have ideas of where we go beyond that. But, really, it is all good stories. And as the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation said, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ And part of what makes them special, there is a finite quality to the best of fictional stories through history. And we wanted to do that at the end of our first three phases and 22 movies. How we start anew and wherever we go beyond that is a story for another time. This is really about 10 years on, bringing something to a head in a satisfying and unexpected way."
No Need For New Announcement Buzz With 6 Installments Arriving
2014 would be the year when Feige was up front on the promotional push for MCU's Phase Three. That would venture five years into the future and now that momentum has appeared to dry up, the producer argued that they are more than happy to stick to the schedule as outlined.
"I think it is. I also think that was a particular event to really announce and showcase Phase Three and I guess set up the expectation of doing something like that every few years. But the notion we are sitting here talking and we have, what, six films yet to be released? That’s more than almost any other single production entity in town has on the docket. That should be enough."