Vanity Fair's current cover story on Marvel is dedicated to the movie studio's 10 years of success. In a decade, Kevin Feige and co. have managed to create a shared universe that spans film and television, with the former all serving a larger, single narrative. By the time 2018 concludes, there will have been 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the studio isn't stopping there.
Feige, president of Marvel Studios and the main architect of its Cinematic Universe, revealed that the company has at least 20 more movies planned after the untitled fourth Avengers film. No details were shared beyond the fact that James Gunn - director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies - is working in close collaboration with Feige to potentially create spin-off flicks for some of the characters he's already established. With so many movies on the way - which Feige described as "completely different from anything that's come before - intentionally," we take a look at some candidates we believe have to be part of the plan!
This is a bit of a cheat, since a Power Pack movie was reported to be back in development by Marvel Studios earlier in the year. Said to be envisioned along the lines of the Spy Kids franchise, this property allows Marvel to specifically aim a movie (potentially even a series of them) at a young audience. The movie would be a fun and friendly adventure movie that focuses on siblings - Jack, Julie, Katie and Alex Power - who are granted amazing abilities by a dying Kymellian (an alien, horse-like race) named Aelfyre Whiteman.
Aside from high school student Peter Parker, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heavily focused on grown adult superheroes. While this, of course, is appealing to children of all ages, there's no property that's been tailor-made from the younger set. A Power Pack movie would fill that gap, perfectly.
Since his introduction in August 2011, Miles Morales has been one of Marvel Comics' breakout characters. It was confirmed in Spider-Man: Homecoming that Miles does exist within Marvel's Cinematic Universe, with Donald Glover's character Aaron Davis referencing him in a deleted scene featuring his run-in with Peter Parker's wall-crawler.
Introducing Miles in a future Spider-Man sequel (there are two currently planned) would give Peter the opportunity to display his maturity and allow him to mentor a younger hero, much like Tony Stark did in the first Homecoming flick. Sony is developing an animated Spider-Man movie that focuses on Miles, so soon enough the mainstream audience will be familiar with the character, an awareness Marvel Studios should work with Sony capitalize on.
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was first born, actor Samuel L. Jackson did something unheard of in Hollywood: he signed a nine-picture deal to portray Nick Fury. A lot of his appearances were nothing more than glorified cameos (take Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, for example), but it's clear that fans can't get enough of his super-spy.
Jackson's biggest role in a Marvel movie to date came in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is widely regarded as one of, if not the best MCU films. Marvel Studios would be wise to tap into another genre it has yet to explore - the spy genre - putting Nick Fury deep in the action. Jackson's a legendary actor who could pull in a huge audience on his own, and exploring Nick Fury's own adventures would be another sure-fire hit.