Arts & Life Correspondent
With the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Friday, it is easy to get excited not only for the upcoming film, but also for Marvel’s other future film projects.
The film will see the return of favorite characters such as Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and others while also introducing new characters as the Vision, QuickSilver, Scarlet Witch and the titular villain of Ultron. Behind the scenes the film will also see the return of director Joss Whedon, who directed the first “Avengers” film in 2012.
With the release of “Age of Ultron,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe will likely surpass the Harry Potter franchise as the most successful film franchise of all time.
The release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will mark the 11th movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 with the release of “Iron Man,” which received widespread acclaim by audiences and critics alike.
The company so far has set up a plan to release its films in three phases. Marvel will be finishing phase two of their cinematic universe with “Ant Man,” which comes out July 15 this year.
Marvel has no intentions of slowing down as starting next year with “Captain America: Civil War;” Marvel will begin phase three. This new phase will consist of 10 more movies that will be continually released through 2019, with about two to three movies coming out each year. Phase three will include new sequels to popular series centered on characters such as Captain America, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, but it will also introduce audiences to new characters such as Black Panther, Captain Marvel, the Inhumans and Doctor Strange.
With Marvel having such success with its movies, it is no surprise that imitators would follow. Long time comic industry rival DC is launching its own cinematic universe following the financial success of “Man of Steel” in 2013. DC has 10 movies planned for release through 2020, with two coming out every year. DC will release “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” next summer, which will feature many characters such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg, who will all star in their own films in the future. While Marvel’s plan has been to establish its characters in solo films and then have them converge in the “Avengers” films, DC’s plan seems to be to introduce multiple characters in a single film and then diverge into solo films.
Regardless of the approach it definitely seems that the results will be the same, as superhero films have been incredibly popular and profitable in recent years and do not seem to be going anywhere.