The movie industry has seen tremendous upheaval in the past ten years. Producer Kevin Feige created the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2007. That turned the industry upside down during a few years. Feige embarked on a series of comic book adaptations, all of which followed a sizeable cohesive story. These included numerous popular cartoon characters such as the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. They all built up the tension over the years up to the grand finale in Avengers: Endgame.
The films were an artistic, but above all, a substantial financial success and its fan base grew over the years. The preliminary finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminated in the most financially successful film in history. Avengers: Endgame broke all records worldwide and surpassed the previous record-holder Avatar. Even the epilogue Spiderman: Far From Home made even more money than its predecessor. That concluded the story about the titan Thanos and the effects of his actions.
Kevin Feige has worked according to precise plans since the beginning. He wanted to start the next step in 2020. But the strange events that were taking place around the world caused an unintentional interruption. Feige has long since positioned its films much broader than before. Black Panther created a milestone in black cinema, significantly more female main characters and directors made the MCU more diverse than ever. But the next step is now literally in the air. Scarlett Johansson should be honoured again with her Black Widow film, but the movie is in the waiting loop. The reason for this is the frequent postponement of the theatrical release. That still cannot happen because cinemas around the world have closed.
As if that were not enough, they also had to stop the next films. With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel wanted to conquer the Asian market increasingly. The comic template would be perfect for this, but a cinema release is not possible for the time being. That also applies to The Eternals. These successors to the Avengers were supposed to usher in a new chapter at Marvel. It is not for nothing that Feige has hired a whole squad of big stars, including Angelina Jolie.
In 2020, the film studio wanted to take a deep breath and release fewer films. Instead of the usual three new films, they wanted to release only two movies. But now it looks like the studio’s program will become massively crowded in the next few years because there are also long-awaited sequels on the agenda. These affect not only Spiderman but also Black Panther and Captain Marvel, as well as Doctor Strange. They are all waiting for new adventures. That will mean that Marvel will bombard their fans with new films from 2021 onwards. They plan no fewer than eight movies for the period from May 2021 to July 2022. Then Marvel has to prove that the hype surrounding its heroes continues.