With Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s fourth Avengers film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed to a conclusion of sorts. At least, this particular narrative is coming to an end and something else will start. Of course, the MCU will continue on and on and on and as someone who likes these movies, I’m starting to worry I’ll never find out how this ends over the course of a normal human lifespan.
So when speaking to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, I point blank asked him if I live to a normal life expectancy, will I learn how the story ends before I die. At first Feige laughed, then gave an answer that kind of reads as a nice way of saying, sorry, you will be gone before these movies are. But, Feige also explains that’s why these next two Avengers films do act as a sort of stopping point.
So, will we ever know how this ends?
“That’s how I feel about Star Wars or Star Trek and the things that I’ve loved as I grew up,” says Feige. “And that’s probably the way it should be as it gets passed down to future generations – parents take their kids and kids become parents, right? I’m a big fan of the Disney parks and those have been around for 60 plus years and the experiences keep being passed down the line.”
But Feige says the next two Avengers films will bring some closure for people who are looking for that.
“I will say, the entire intention of Infinity War and the next Avengers film next year was to have an ending – to bring a conclusion to 10 plus years, 22 movie narrative in a way that hadn’t been done before in this particular type of film. It’s been done before in films where there are a finite number of books, and they finish telling the story for the books, so they come to an ending. Characters like Spider-Man or Batman or James Bond or Iron Man, who have been around for so long and are always refreshed in comic books or novels or movies, you don’t necessarily get that kind of an endpoint – and we wanted to do that, which is what these next two Avengers films are.”
And Feige also adds, “It doesn’t mean the MCU is coming to a close, by any means. But it means the narrative that started when we began 10 years ago will have a conclusion.”
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