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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With its 17 movies so far (and another handful planned over the next couple years, Marvel Studios continues to pave the way for shared universes to come. Never in the history of film has there been such an extensive and long-running slate of movies with a continuous storyline. Sure, James Bond is approaching its 25th film, but it’s by no means one continuous story.

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After nearly a decade of Marvel films, we are fast approaching what feels like the end of an epic saga. In 2008, they began Phase 1, and right now, we are nearing the end of Phase 3. But what lies beyond the currently-untitled Avengers 4? Well, we know we’ll be getting a new Spider-Man: Homecoming film, as well as a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but beyond that, it’s all one big mystery.

Well, thanks to a new Vanity Fair article, we know a couple things. For starters, Disney has promised at least another 20 years of Marvel films. But what about specific films? Speaking with the outlet, Feige said:

“22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.”

In Phase 2 of their slate, Marvel Studios made the intentional choice to start varying up the genres in their films, and it’s a strategy that’s proved them well, allaying any superhero fatigue audiences may be getting. But 20 films! That’s insane, though not when you look at it closely.

As of this writing, Marvel Studios is churning out movies at a rate of 3 per year. So those 20 films, if released at the same rate, will only last just under 7 years. This may sound ridiculous, but given the number of films we’ve seen in the past decade alone, it’s not so crazy.

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

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.