It's been almost ten years since 2008's Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which now boasts 17 movie and currently has seven films in various stages of production. But the record-setting film franchise isn't going to stop there, at least according to President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige.
"22 movies in, and we've got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that's come before -- intentionally," Feige told Vanity Fair. "There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting."
Feige also teased that Avengers 4 will "bring things you've never seen in superhero films: a finale."
While much of the MCU's post-Avengers 4 slate remains unannounced, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained in the same interview that Marvel Studios is "looking for worlds that are completely separate -- geographically or in time -- from the worlds that we've already visited." Iger also noted that the studio has the rights to 7,000 characters, so there are a lot of heroes and villains who still haven't made their big-screen debuts that the studio can use.
One place likely to get more screentime is outerspace. In June, director James Gunn indicated that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 "will lead to other stories" set in the Marvel Cosmic universe.
Opening February 16, 2018, Black Panther is the next installment in the MCU. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.