Making one awesome movie is tough enough, but the massively-successful Marvel machine has been steadily churning out one or two every year. And if the movies continue to be as well-received as they are now, Marvel president Kevin Feige says that number could potentially double!
In a recent interview, Feige has revealed that there's a chance that the we could be looking at three or maybe even four Marvel comic book movie's per year. As it stands, we have Guardians of the Galaxy hitting on August 1, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 2015, and Ant-Man in July 2015. Then in 2016 we'll have the Captain America 3 and a mystery movie (Doctor Strange, probably). What else could follow them? A Ms. Marvel movie perhaps?
Anyway, get a load of Feige's words and see what you think:
I think television is filling some of that now, in terms of bringing out more product. That’s certainly the idea with the Netflix shows. But I don’t know that we will necessarily say “Okay, we’re now moving strategically to three a year, now we’re moving to four a year.” What I think is more likely - if [knocks on wood-like table] the next group of movies work and people want to see additional stories - we’ll have too many franchises and you can’t do one of each franchise every two or three years. We’d have to move to three a year, but that would have to be a natural move if it were to occur. We’d have a [script] draft, we’d have a filmmaker, we’d have a character the audience wants to see - let’s slot in a place for a third one. Or a fourth one. But it’s hard enough to deliver two quality, hopefully bar-raising movies a year.
Hmm... Over-saturation, perhaps? If Marvel does this, might they lose the traction they had at first? Although obviously excited to see what could be coming our way, I'm worried that Marvel will kill the CBM genre if they start making four movies a year, especially if you factor in the FOX, Sony, and DC movies...
That said, Thor: The Dark World is totally different from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy is likewise very different from both. With Marvel proving that "superhero movie" isn't so much a genre as it is an umbrella under which many genres can co-exist, this 3-4 movies a year target could certainly work.
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Either way, great time to be a comic book fan! What do you guys think? Can there be such a thing as too many Marvel movies, or does it just depend on the quality?