WARNING: Spoilers for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ ahead! If you somehow have not seen it yet (what are you doing on this website, nay, on the INTERNET if you haven’t seen this movie yet!?!), turn back now!
Clearly after the major events that conclude ‘Infinity War,’ and speculation that some of those deaths may end up permanent, and other characters that survived, like Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, may yet meet their demise in ‘Avengers 4.’ Many fans rightfully believe these films to be the end of the line for the ‘Avengers’ franchise and that Marvel will be moving forward with other characters/teams in the MCU afterwards, however, Disney CEO Bob Iger recently made clear that is not exactly the case. Just this past Tuesday, Iger stated:
“We meet on a regular basis with our Marvel team, and we’ve plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade. I’m guessing we will try our hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond Avengers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see more Avengers down the road. We just haven’t made any announcements about that…Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie.”
Of course, there are some serious business reasons for not doing a massive ‘Avengers’ movie like this every year, despite the ever growing roster of characters that continue to populate the MCU. Despite the enormous box-office returns, the company is quick to note that their earnings are tempered by exactly how much the film cost, as Disney CFO Christine McCarthy was quoted as saying:
“I think the outstanding performance is nothing short of stellar, [but] there is one difference in this movie … that’s the size of the cast. … Because of the size of the cast involved and the cost of the movie, the scale, the magnitude, while this film is going to be very profitable, it may not be on the same return level as some of the other films, because of the sheer scale of it.”
Unfortunately for Disney/ Marvel (and really, all studios), regardless of the cost, audiences are going to be hungry for more of the same size, scale and spectacle they got in ‘Infinity War, and I just don’t see any way to put that genie back in the bottle. So I’m guessing we will still see quite a few more ‘Avengers’ movies like ‘Infinity War,’ teaming up our heroes against threats no franchise could face alone. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see ‘Civil War’ Part 2? Or ‘Avengers V X-Men’ once 20th Century Fox joins the House of Mouse! The future is bright as long as Marvel continues to put out quality products, let’s just hope it doesn’t lose its magic touch.