The number one rule of making a movie in Hollywood is, ‘if it makes money, it gets made.’ Marvel Studios and their MCU are no exception to this rule. Still, every film they’ve made so far hasn’t just been mind-bogglingly profitable—like $15.5 billion worldwide profitable— they’ve also been artistic and narrative triumphs as well. Now Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, has announced that even though the Avengers franchise is about to resolve in order for the MCU to radically change, fans could still be seeing more of the Avengers moving forward.
This make sense, obviously. Disney and Marvel have every reason to be confident right now. They have Solo: A Star Wars Story dropping at the end of May, and between Avengers: Infinity War hitting the $1 billion mark in a record 11 days and Black Panther demolishing monetary and artistic expectations at every single turn, all the other movie studios have essentially become the whey in Marvel’s protein shake.
“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,” Iger told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
A fifth, sixth, or seventh Avengers movie might sound a little exhausting, but there are a lot of interesting and new ways that Disney could actually go about continuing the franchise. In the comics, the Avengers actually have an enormous roster of heroes who either haven’t been featured in the MCU, were just introduced, or are part of Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox. Not to mention the laundry list of comic spin-offs: Secret Avengers, New Avengers, West Coast Avengers, etc. It’s likely that the team name will stay, while the faces behind it change.
Notice how all of the original Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Widow, and Hawkeye) somehow managed to be spared from Thanos’ finger snapping genocide at the end of Infinity War, while newbies like Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and Spiderman supposedly the dust? Yeah, that’s probably a huge hint that the OG’s will have to assemble so they can “kick names and take ass,” one last time before the guard changes forever.