It’s no secret that Marvel Studios is doing rather well for itself—since 2008 the studio has made a near-baffling amount of money releasing such films as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. Further, Marvel looks to be continuing its box office dominion with the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and the as-yet untitled Captain America 3 and upcoming Doctor Strange. Which is why it comes as no surprise that Marvel honcho Kevin Feige is suggesting that the studio may be forced to begin releasing three to four films per year due to an increasing amount of franchises under the Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella.
During a recent interview with Badass Digest, Feige had this to say:
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.
It makes a kind of sense that Marvel may have to begin flooding the market—with current franchises continuing to develop sequels, and new ones like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange coming around the corner, we may be reaching a point in which a Marvel movie hits theaters every three to four months.
What do you think of the Marvel development?