Bob Iger Gets Real About Marvel Sequels, Whether There’s Fatigue And What’s Next For The MCU
Could we start seeing fewer Marvel sequels? Here's what Bob Iger thinks.
After more than 10 years and over two dozen films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still going strong. Having said that, not every Marvel movie has been the all-encompassing blockbuster that we were once used to seeing from the studio. Some have wondered if we’re finally hitting the dreaded “superhero fatigue.” Disney CEO Bob Iger certainly doesn’t think that the MCU needs to slow down, though he does seem to think that putting the brakes on certain characters might be worthwhile.
While Phase 4 of the MCU included several brand new characters, the last few theatrical projects have been sequels, and while some have done well, others, like most recently Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, have perhaps not performed to expectations. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Bob Iger may have been referring to that movie when he said that, while sequels certainly tend to do well, there may be a limit on how many of them each character in the MCU should get. Iger said…
Quantumania was the third movie in the Ant-Man series and last year we saw the fourth Thor movie, the first MCU character to get four solo projects. While it’s difficult to call either film a flop in any sense of the word, neither MCU entry was able to match the box office of their previous installments. That’s likely seen as a disappointment since each of those films, Ant-Man 2 and Thor 3, outperformed the movies that came before them.
But it sounds like Bob Iger doesn’t think this is a Marvel problem, but a problem with going back to the well too often with these specific characters. Instead, it sounds like the secret to the MCU in his mind is variety. There are so many characters to choose from, and going forward we’ll see a lot of new characters, and even when we get the next Avengers movie, it won’t look like the previous ones. Iger said…
There certainly is a lot of “newness” on the slate. While in the short term, among upcoming Marvel movies, we will see a couple more big sequels in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Marvels, we’ll also get variations on franchise characters like the first Captain America movie that stars Anthony Mackie, and a Thunderbolts movie, bringing previously established characters into a new team. We’ll also get entirely new character introductions like Blade and the Fantastic Four.
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