As we speak, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still riding the waves of success 5 weeks into its theatrical run, much to Disney’s delight. But the moneymaker is not just “Star Wars” alone as the Mouse House also owns Marvel, which has had a total box office earnings of almost USD19 billion dollars to date.
Therefore, making Walt Disney Pictures one of the most prominent players in blockbuster entertainment.
Disney has also taken the liberty to keep fans very, very interested in both superheroes and “a galaxy far, far away” by releasing full slates of annual releases planned from now until 2020, for Marvel, for Disney, and for “Star Wars”.
But is that the full picture? What happens after 2020? Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that there will be greater things to come, it seems.
In an interview with Newsbeat, he addressed the future of his 2 prized possessions.
For “Star Wars”, we all already know that “Rogue One” is due in December this year while “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is slated for release in December. A Han Solo film will be coming out in 2018 and “Star Wars: Episode IX” sometime in 2019.
When it came to “Star Wars”, he confirmed that the new era for the series will not end with the arrival of Colin Trevorrow’s untitled “Star Wars: Episode IX”:
There will be more after that, I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often.
What about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), you ask?
So apparently, even with the Infinity War coming towards the end of Phase 3, it’s not going to be the end of all things.
Bob Iger mentioned that there were no plans to stop expanding the MCU, simply because the comics possess an endless supply of characters to support movie after movie as we go along:
Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters – that will go on forever.
The MCU has already spawned 3 “Iron Man” movies, a couple of Thors, Captain Americas, and Avengers, one “Ant-Man” film, one “Incredible Hulk”, and the record-breaking “Guardians of the Galaxy“.
It’s safe to say that with Disney’s ambitions, there won’t be time for any of us to breathe, let alone lose interest.
Exciting times ahead? We think so ;)