The first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. Since then, Mr. Stark and his accomplices have, it is fair to say, dominated American cinema. Whether it’s Captain America, the Avengers, or Black Panther, it seems the MCU is always on moviegoers’ minds. If it’s not the hero they’ve just seen, it’s the one that was teased in the final credits.
With “Infinity Wars,” however, it seemed the MCU had met its match in terms of build-up. Fitting in just about every character (besides poor Jeremy Renner), and using the word “infinity” in its title, one would think this could be nothing less than a culmination of the entire project. I mean what’s next, infinity plus one?
Well if you, like me, thought this was the case, you clearly have zero understanding of how Hollywood works. You see, they don’t entertain new ideas, they simply go “beyond” the old ones.
In a conference call on Tuesday, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger told analysts that the studio had, along with their Marvel counterparts, already “plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade.” He also said they’d be trying out a new franchise which he called “beyond ‘Avengers’”.
In addition, while reiterating that Infinity Wars was meant to be a “significant conclusion” to the 16 MCU films released since, and including, Iron Man in ‘08, Iger warned against ruling out a return of the Avengers.
“Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise,” he said, “I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie.”
Which brings me to my point. Somebody please call Disney and their execs and offer them some fresh ideas. Perhaps a novel plot line even. Just something that isn’t a remake, a sequel, or a going “beyond” of a wildly successful franchise. This shouldn’t be mistaken for a high-brow takedown of superhero movies: I love them as much as the next guy. But with the amount of talented storytellers I see every day on Vimeo, Youtube, Patreon, and even my newsfeed, there has got to be more stories that can be told.
Disney Studios’ “Contact” form is just waiting for you…