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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Back when actor Samuel L. Jackson first graced the big screen in the post-credits scene of Iron Man, the then-young Marvel Studios had no idea of it would actually lead anywhere. Now here we are, years and 15 films later. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever, and by the time this current “arc” is done in a couple years, it’ll have 22 movies under its belt.

In the grand scheme of things, things seem to be wrapping up. Iron Man is getting older, Captain America seems destined for an early grave in Avengers 4, and we’re certain to see some solid changes in the Avengers lineup. And we don’t mean the “kinda sorta B-squad” lineup change like we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron — no, we mean the real stuff. Though while some aspects are drawing to a close, we can’t forget that Marvel Studios hopes to be around for practically ever, and they’ve made no secret that James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to introduce the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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However, if you had any notion that they were only trying to set up the next five to eight years of movies, you’d be mistaken. While a Facebook Q&A, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn discussed what his film will be setting up — and they’re really looking ahead here.

“One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — it will take place after the next two Avengers movies — and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe.”

This isn’t really a huge surprise, but it’s pretty crazy to think that we could very well have 20 years worth of films. At this rate, that means that by the end of 20 years, we could get anywhere from 60-80 films total in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you thought comic books were hard to follow, we can only imagine what it’ll be like to newcomers in that time.

It’d be easy to say that by that time, filmgoers will be neck-deep in superhero fatigue, but superhero fatigue is something that we’ve been discussing for a long time, and so far, Marvel has done an amazing job of somehow keeping the quality of their films up and the content varied enough to keep audiences interested.

Do you think you’ll be up for seeing more Marvel movies in 20 years? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: James Gunn (via Screen Rant)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.