9:25 am EDT, May 9, 2018

There may be more ‘Avengers’ movies after ‘Avengers 4’

Marvel has been quite tight-lipped about the future of the MCU beyond Avengers 4, but Disney’s Bob Iger explained that Avengers 4 might not be the last Avengers film we’ll see.

We know that Marvel Phase 3 will be wrapping up after Avengers 4, with that movie serving as an “ending point” of sorts for many of the characters and storylines we started back when Iron Man first premiered in 2008. But just because some stories in the MCU are ending, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ve seen the last of the Avengers.

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As The Hollywood Reporter explained, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in an earnings call that Avengers 4 won’t necessarily be the last Avengers movie we see. According to Iger, Disney and Marvel have films planned that go well into the next decade, and the Avengers might still be a part of that.

Iger explained to THR, “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. We just haven’t made any announcements about that.”

Of course, that reaction from the Disney brass isn’t shocking. Infinity War is shattering box office records left and right and has been extremely profitable for Disney. “Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise,” Iger explained, “I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie.”

However, Iger didn’t give any specific details on what those future films would be (as well as details on the new franchise beyond Avengers he mentioned). And while Iger warned we might not ever see a film as huge as Infinity War and Avengers 4 again due to the massive amounts of work that goes into making a movie of that scale, we shouldn’t expect to never see MCU heroes team up again to save the world. After all, the key members of the Avengers rotate and shift in the comic books, so why should the MCU be any different?

But we’ll likely have to wait until closer to Avengers 4‘s May 2019 release date to get a definitive word on what is next in Marvel Phase 4. Until then, it’s just nice to know that Marvel and Disney have some exciting plans for us in the next Marvel era.

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