Just in case you were worried, the man at the top of the Disney empire has some encouraging words about the future of both Marvel and Star Wars.
In simple terms: they're both going to go on until you and I and everyone else reading this is dead and gone, barring the end of human civilization or, worse, a slowdown at the box office.
Speaking with BBC Newsbeat, Disney chairman Robert Iger confirmed that neither franchise is going to be mothballed anytime soon. Regarding Star Wars, Iger noted that there are four movies in various stages of production at the moment (Rogue One, Episode VIII, Episode IX and the Han Solo prequel), but added, "There will be more after that, I don't know how many, I don't know how often."
Strangely, Iger neglected to mention the rumored Boba Fett movie (the one that Josh Trank was working on before being shown the door) but still more or less confirmed that the Star Wars saga will not end with Episode IX -- sort of coming full circle, since George Lucas once envisioned at least 12 or more movies before settling on the idea of three trilogies.
As for Marvel, the end of Phase 3 is going to probably bring about a climactic, universe-spanning battle with Thanos in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War -- not to mention the end of many of the current Marvel stars' contracts. But Iger isn't sweating it: "Marvel, you're dealing with thousands and thousands of characters -- that will go on forever."
Presumably characters just being introduced in the next couple of years, like Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, will be able to pick up the mantle of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America as those actors retire from the roles. And Iger is confident that moviegoers won't tire of the Marvel Universe or the stories themselves: "No, I don't think they're getting weary...I think we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excite them, that make it feel new and that is what we do for a living."
Do you think you'll be watching Marvel and Star Wars movies in years and decades to come? Do you want to be? Can the Disney media machine keep things interesting enough?
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