Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sure has gotten around in support of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and his latest stop was with BusinessWeek, where he somehow still had more to talk about, including dropping the big bomb about just how far out they’ve planned the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As our friends at Screenrant pointed out, in September 2013, Feige told Wired that he and his crew had a loose outline for their films stretching out to 2021. That includes, of course, Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy August 1, 2014, Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015, Ant-Man July 17, 2015, and three as-yet-untitled movies that all have release dates already, on May 6, 2016 (If rumors and reports are true, this is the spot for Captain America 3 - and right up against the Man of Steel sequel on the same date), July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017.
Now Feige has extended that outline, just 7 months later, to 7 years later, saying of the “map of films” on his wall, “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
He did not divulge any further plans, though thanks to studio signings and contracts, we know that Thor 3, Captain America 3, Avengers 3, and Dr. Strange are in some level of development. That really means, that in Hollywood terms, when you’re looking at longterm plans, a bit under a decade and a half is not that long, especially considering the next year and a half of films is already in active development, with a couple the year after that already almost sure things. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe constantly expanding and hopefully warranting both more sequels to those new properties and returns of others, and with two or maybe three a year, it’s easy to see how the timeline would inflate.
Nonetheless, this gives us seven more years to speculate with when trying to see where the MCU is going. Can’t wait for that Quasar movie, myself.