After the astonishing success of Avengers: Infinity War’s opening weekend box office, it would be easy to assume that Marvel could never duplicate these results again. It took a decade for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach its crescendo in Infinity War and the still untitled Avengers 4. What could possibly top that? Ahead of Infinity War’s premiere, Marvel’s Kevin Feige didn’t seem ready to coast on his accomplishments. Instead, Feige is already looking ahead to the next eight years of Marvel movies.
“We’re always thinking ahead,” said Feige while speaking with the Associated Press. “Just when people think they can pin us down, we go somewhere else and that’s going to happen again after Infinity War in the build-up to the next Avengers film. And we had meetings earlier today about 2024 and 2025.”
Considering that Marvel’s movie phases have run about three to four years, 2025 could go beyond Phase 4 and into Phase 5. During a recent round of interviews, Feige admitted that The Eternals and Moon Knight are both in development for potential films. The Black Widow movie is reportedly getting close to finding a director, but Feige has stated his intent to keep the next slate of films a secret until after Avengers 4 is released next year.
It’s entirely possible that not even Feige knows for sure which Marvel films will be made between now and 2025. Disney and Fox are still awaiting approval on their mega merger which will potentially bring the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool into the MCU. If and when that happens, there will be very few Marvel characters who aren’t available to be a part of this cinematic universe.
That could make for even more epic films in the future. At some point, we may even get to see an Avengers vs. X-Men movie. Maybe in phase six or seven?