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Next 10 Years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Being Planned Out at Creative Retreat

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There’s a lot in the works for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there are still plenty of places to take our favorite characters. With the introduction of the Young Avengers, slowly but surely, most fans are at the point where we don’t know where Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and company are taking us, but we’re excited to see how it can all tie together.

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Now though, it seems as if Feige has been working to make sure that the MCU is set for the next ten years at minimum. During his panel for the future at CinemaCon 2022 (where they debuted some footage for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Feige said that he was heading to a creative retreat. “I’m going back as soon as I get off stage to our first creative retreat in person with the Marvel Studios creative team in three years, and we have a giant board there that takes us through the next decade of MCU movies,” he told the audience, per Collider.

This isn’t out of the ordinary for Marvel. When they last had an in-person San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced a huge slate of projects spanning the following five years (at minimum). So, planning out the slate until roughly 2032 seems par for the course. We just don’t know what it entails, though he said of the next decade of the company’s film slate, “And they are different, and they’re unique, and they are special, and they are meant for your theatres.”

Ten years isn’t that far ahead

With the amount of MCU properties coming out each year, planning ten years down the line isn’t that drastic. Given how long it takes to set up the stories, film them, and get them out to audiences, this ten-year planning period just feels like the right move for the studio.

It does mean that they have quite a lot already set up for them to be heading into this planning retreat to set up the next era of Marvel. After all, with the inclusion of characters like Blade coming, there’s a lot of comic book connections that the team can pull from, but that requires a lot of setting up and planning on Feige’s part.

The future?

After Avengers: Endgame, the MCU got blown wide open. Everything that we knew was changed, and we suddenly went from knowing we could count on certain characters being around to never knowing who could/would show up. It’s left us all with an excitement towards the future because we don’t know where Feige is taking us. There are so many characters that the MCU can now pull from and so many storylines still to tell now that we have the X-Men and the Fantastic Four potentially joining the lineup, and an entire multiverse of possibilities that we’ve only just seen the start of.

Right now, it’s a great time to be a fan of not only superheroes but specifically the MCU. We have incredible shows like Moon Knight, exciting team-up movies still happening with things like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and we’re still being introduced to new characters. So hopefully, with this retreat, we’ll also get more of an idea of where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading as a whole.

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