3.” So there’s room for two more. That must be the timeline we’re in now. There’s four years between, right? The Black Widow movie seems to be aiming for 2020, but it’s not set yet. “Ant-Man” got a sequel while making less money, but Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang also wasn’t shown getting vaporized in “Infinity War.”
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talked about which characters are chosen for sequels, and how they schedule them, in a nice chat with CinemaBlend:
“When you’ve got, what is it now, six, seven separate franchises? Which two? So it is just a good problem to have when you have too many beloved characters that people want to see more of, whilst keeping to our core belief that we need to keep exploring nuance and keep doing different types of things.”
The earliest we would see “Doctor Strange 2” is 2020. It wasn’t clear what would happen with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange after his 2016 movie, which made more than $677 million at the worldwide box office. A new character’s first film? He had an appearance in between there. Sometimes it can be more. Could “Doctor Strange” slip in that quickly or would it more likely be 2021 or 2022 for him? Next year is already booked with the trinity of “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers 4,” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” So far, 2020 has “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. How many years between movies can you have? [Doctor] Strange, you know, whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do, it will be a number of years from the first Strange, and yet he’s a very big part of [Avengers:] Infinity War. You know, [Thor:] Ragnarok was four years. Fans would love Shuri of “Black Panther” to get her own movie. It’s part of the scheduling process. Sometimes it’s where do those characters pop up? “Infinity War” has turned all future Marvel Cinematic Universe conversations into immediate *SPOILERS*, but that’s just the game we’re playing until after “Avengers 4.” We have to recognize who got dust-busted while also recognizing that they will somehow be back for more movies. Feige has talked about having plans for Korg and Miek from “Thor: Ragnarok,” so they may be back for some kind of standalone, or as part of someone else’s film. And then maybe “Black Panther 2”? Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Of the 14 million possible outcomes Doctor Strange saw in “Avengers: Infinity War,” one of them had to be getting his own sequel. There are so many options for supporting characters to break out, so it really has to be a tough chess game on Feige’s end to figure out which stories to tell when, and how to segue into the next one. So that seems to be maybe okay – sometimes, though, you want it to be less. Sometimes when people ask, ‘What about this character, what about that character?’ I go, ‘Well, it’s scheduling.’ And they go, ‘What’s he talking about?’ Scheduling. Next up is “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which opens in theaters next Friday, July 6.