It looks like the Marvel Universe and Star Wars galaxy are going to be explored in film for the foreseeable future, according to new comments from Disney chairman Bob Iger. The individual film slates, each owned by Disney, will likely expand beyond 2019.
While speaking with BBC’s Newsbeat, Iger spoke to the longevity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters — that will go on forever,” Iger told Newsbeat.
Iger added that there are “five Star Wars films — four more with ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ — that are in varying stages of development and production.” The future of the Star Wars franchise seems to be almost as open-ended as Marvel’s. “There will be more after that, I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often.”
When asked if he thought audiences were growing weary of the Marvel and Star Wars films, he answered, “No, I don’t think they’re getting weary. But I think we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excite them, that make it feel new and that is what we do for a living.”
Marvel currently has films slated for release through 2019. This year will bring “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” to the big screen. “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2,” “Spider-Man” and “Thor: Ragnarok” arrive in 2017. “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1” and “Ant-Man & the Wasp” open in 2018, and “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2” and “Inhumans” follow in 2019.
Star Wars has adopted a one-film-per-year model, with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” dropping in 2016, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” in 2017, the untitled Han Solo film in 2018 and “Star Wars: Episode IX” in 2019.