Following the announcement the next My Hero Academia movie would be subtitled Heroes Rising, series creator Kohei Horikoshi indicated the project would be the final film for the popular shonen series. He explained the movie would use a concept he originally had in mind for My Hero Academia's final battle and thus serve as a sort of finale. This lead some to speculate the movie might mean the end of the series. However, Horikoshi has now clarified his remarks.
In a statement translated by Caleb Cook (who translates the manga for Viz Media), Horikoshi explained, "In a certain sense, one could say that this movie will be finale-ish for MHA. Let me clarify: the movie is going to feature one element that I wanted to use in the final battle of the manga. If you're thinking, 'If that's true, then what's gonna happen with the manga?!' please rest assured. I'm worried too."
He continued, "The first movie showcased All Might and Deku fighting side-by-side as master and pupil (which is just about the most ultimately awesome thing I could think of), and now this movie somehow has to top that battle. Which puts me in a tough spot. I can't imagine anything is going to top this one, so there won't be a third movie. Probably. In short, movie #2 is going to blow the last one out of the water in a PLUS ULTRA way, so look forward to it!"
Statement from Horikoshi (concerning movie #2) pic.twitter.com/CyYmya0qe7— Caleb Cook (@CDCubed) July 10, 2019
Horikoshi's statement seemingly makes clear the movie will not end the series, but instead pull elements from the finale he originally had in mind in an attempt to top the first film. As he does not think he can do better than what he's already planning, there may not be a third My Hero Academia film.
"He's not saying movie #2 is literally the final episode/chapter/instance of the series," Cook added in a subsequent tweet.
My Hero Academia has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014, and there are over 230 chapters available. The series proved so popular that it inspired a spinoff, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes. Legendary Entertainment also has the rights to a live-action adaptation of My Hero Academia. The series follows the students of U.A. High School learning to use their Quirks, the series' word for superpowers.
My Hero Academia Season 4 will start airing October 12. New Season 3 dub episodes air Sundays on Toonami. My Academia: Heroes Rising releases December 20 in Japan.