Marvel boss Kevin Feige says they are currently working on the next five years of post-Avengers
Feige also said that characters like Luke Cage will continue to remain separate from the cinematic projects
Marvel fans have every reason to rejoice! Firstly, the sudio is celebrating its ten-year anniversary and, with the upcoming 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' movie, the franchise will officially cross the 20 movies mark. Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige is one of the few people to have the privilege of being involved in this exciting journey.
Indeed, it must be pretty great to be in Feige's shoes right now. But with the position that he holds within the studio hierarchy, he is also tasked with numerous responsibilities. In a recent interview, the producer candidly talked about his time with Marvel so far, dishing out details about the future of the MCU and the characters who might soon make a big-screen appearance.
“We’re working on the next five years of post-‘Avengers’,” said Feige, laying out a general outline for Marvel fans as far as the future of the cinematic universe is concerned. Amongst the many changes that the audience might witness in the near future, the studio boss stressed that inclusivity will be their focus in the future — this means that more female directors will be working under the Marvel banner.
“I cannot promise that [the next] 20 Marvel movies will have female directors, but a heck of a lot of them will," he said. And the trend, as it turns out, will begin with 2019's 'Captain Marvel' itself — the first female-fronted superhero movie from the studio — which is set to be directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.
Speaking about the future of the franchise, Feige also touched upon the topic of possible comic book adaptations and cleared the air about Marvel's TV characters. And if his words are any indication, characters like Luke Cage will continue to remain separate from the cinematic projects.
Another pertinent topic of discussion with regards to Marvel at the moment is Disney's impending deal with 21st Century Fox. A deal, which once processed, could bring rights to characters like 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four', and even 'Deadpool', back to the studio.
“I sit waiting for a call saying yay or nay from people above me,” said Feige referring to the agreement. With the acquisition, Disney would emerge as an industry force to be reckoned with. A trend that is not particularly new with Disney, which had acquired Marvel Studios back in 2009 for $4 billion. “I’m not sure we would be here if we weren’t bought by Disney," Feige added.