'The Avengers 3' expected to receive 2018 Marvel release date
"We'd like to stick to three years between 'Avengers' movies," he says during a group interview at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.
Marvel recently announced a lot of slated release dates with no movie titles next to them: July 28, 2017, Nov. 3, 2017, May 4, 2018, July 6, 2018, November 2, 2018 and May 3, 2019. Chances are "Avengers 3" will likely get the May 2018 date to continue the trend of the first two "Avengers" movies, but Feige wouldn't divulge which properties would get which releases. He did say fans can expect a movie from one of the existing franchise and one new Marvel franchise be released each year.
There also will be some years that get three Marvel releases instead of just two. "It's all about managing those [standalone] franchises film to film," Feige says. "If we have a team ready to go, why tell them to go away for four years just because we don't have a slot?"
A perfect example of that is "Guardians of the Galaxy," which already has director James Gunn hard at work on a sequel, and a release date of July 28, 2017.
With Marvel's stock of protagonist film characters growing every year, Feige is doubtful about whether they all will come together in later ensemble films like "The Avengers 3" or The Avengers 4."
"I don't think it's about setting a Guinness World Record for the most characters in one movie. That's daunting and that's ripe with opportunities for disappointment, which is frankly what we've always wanted to avoid in our connected universe," he says, adding that each character does have the opportunity to pop up in "unexpected ways."
Have no fear, though: All your main Marvel favorites aren't going anywhere any time soon. "Everyone is at least locked up I think through 'Avengers 3," Feige says.