Disney chairman Bob Iger says Star Wars and Marvel movies will continue â€œforeverâ€
Last year a little movie came out that you might have heard of, it was called Star Wars: The Force Awakens and to date it has made over $1.9 billion at the global box office. Itâ€™s the first in a whole slew of Star Wars films set to be distributed by The Walt Disney Company, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Star Wars: Episode IX, and a Young Han Solo spin-off.Â
Now, surprising no one, word has come that Disney is already planning on making even more beyond the next four films.
â€œThere are five Star Wars films â€“ four more with Episode VII: The Force Awakens â€“ that are in varying stages of development and production,â€ Disney chairman Bob Iger tellsÂ Newsbeat.Â â€œThere will be more after that, I donâ€™t know how many, I donâ€™t know how often.â€
The really interesting thing from this quote is Igerâ€™s hesitation on the release pattern for these unannounced movies. Might Disney stray from their currently-plotted annual release? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release onÂ December 16, 2016 with Star Wars: Episode VIII recently moving toÂ December 15, 2017. The Untitled Han Solo movie is currently set forÂ May 25, 2018 with Episode IX to follow on an unannounced 2019 date.
Shifting gears, Iger also spoke about the other major brand at Disney with Marvel, whose twelve theatrical releases have brought in over $9 billion at the global box office. Hold on to your hats for this one,Â as Iger says that these films wonâ€™t stop either.
â€œMarvel, youâ€™re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters â€“ that will go on forever.â€
Marvelâ€™s next release will be the upcomingÂ Captain America: Civil War onÂ May 6, 2016. Following it on the current schedule isÂ Doctor Strange onÂ November 4, 2016,Â Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 onÂ May 5, 2017, their and Sonyâ€™sÂ Untitled Spider-Man Film onÂ July 7, 2017,Â Thor: Ragnarok onÂ November 3, 2017,Â Black Panther onÂ February 16, 2018,Â Avengers: Infinity War Part I onÂ May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp onÂ July 6, 2018,Â Captain Marvel onÂ March 8, 2019,Â Avengers: Infinity War Part IIÂ on May 3, 2019, andÂ Inhumans onÂ July 12, 2019,Â withÂ three more untitled Marvel Studios films set toÂ premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
That may seem like a lot of movies over the next four years, but Bob Iger isnâ€™t sweating it and he doesnâ€™t think audiences are getting tired either.
â€œNo, I donâ€™t think theyâ€™re getting weary, but I think we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excite them, that make it feel new and that is what we do for a living.â€
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