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Kevin Feige Talks About the Future of the MCU, of Spider-Man, and Beyond

Kevin Feige Talks About the Future of the MCU, of Spider-Man, and Beyond

It’s trilogy day in movie land folks, not wanting to be left out of the Matt Reeves Batman movie trilogy fun, Kevin Feige (president of Marvel studios) opened up about what we can expect for the third Thor movie, Ragnarok, the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, and the third (and fourth) Avengers films.

Kevin Feige told the Toronto Sun that the “original” 22 movie arc for the MCU is supposed to end with the Avengers: Infinity War sequel in May of 2019, at which point the Spider-Man sequel will explain what’s next.

But before you get there, you have to see what happens with Chris Hemsworth‘s character. “Things change drastically in Ragnarok and then build directly into Infinity War,” Feige told the paper. This also affects Spidey because, he explained:

“We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker. In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”

This isn’t the end for Marvel, of course. Guardians, for one, is supposed to usher in the “Cosmic Universe.” And of course Peter-Parker will keep going, as explained above. While the Vulture character was conceived as a high-tech (as opposed to a mutated) villain, the sky is the limit for future baddies to oppose the web-slinging hero.

On that, he noted:

“We are excited to use characters that you haven’t seen before on screen. So that narrows it down a little bit in terms of who will pop up next. Spider-Man has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to villains and there are a lot that haven’t been touched upon. It’s those that we will be looking at first.”

Clearly fans of the impossibly large Marvel library of characters can rest peaceful for a while then. Kevin Feige explained that right now they have concepts past 2023. That is almost as forward-looking as the Olympics or the World Cup are. And, with movies that mostly satisfy general audiences as well as hard-core fans, it’s hard to envision a moment in which the Hollywood landscape is not dominated by Feige’s production company.

Which villain would you like to see appear in the next Spider-Man movies? Which characters are you hoping they bring to life?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, the pseudonym of a New York City-based writer, is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online and has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age. JDB has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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