Crazy to think that the Marvel Cinematic Universe turns ten next year. Thor: Ragnarok will be the third film released by the studio this year and the seventeenth in the entire franchise. The film’s upcoming November release will be very special due to a few reasons. First of all, it marks the end of the Thor film trilogy. Now three Avengers will have a set solo trilogy to their name. There could be another installment in the future, but there are no current signs of this happening. Secondly, it will mark 2017 as the first year that the studio released three productions annually. This looks like to be the case for the foreseeable future as well. Lastly according to Kevin Feige, Ragnarok will be the first in a chain of special Marvel films.
Almost every single fan knows who Kevin Feige is. He has been the president of the studio for about ten years now. One could absolutely call him the god father of the MCU considering that he has been in charge since the very beginning. He spoke very highly of the studio’s film lineup during Marvel Entertainment’s live stream of the Ragnarok red carpet world premier. His words specifically highlighted the next four films- beginning with Thor.
“All of the next films by design have been built to be very different, to be very unique. Ragnarok, Black Panther, certainly as we get into Infinity War and even Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is nearing the end of their production period right now. All four of those movies are distinct and special and I can’t wait for people to see. Thankfully they get to see Ragnarok starting now.”
The future of the MCU sure does boast great variety. One can make this statement disregarding how successful these films may or not be. The concepts behind these four films are all very different. It is also safe to assume that they will all incorporate different visuals and have stylistic variety. One can already say this just based off footage from Ragnarok and Black Panther. The jungles and utopias of Wakanda give off different tones and reactions than those of Asgard and the nine realms. Take it from someone who has also seen the Infinity War footage in person ( me at D23), the next Avengers film looks like the most darkest and emotional film from the studio yet. Then comes the odd piece of the chain that is Ant-Man and the Wasp. This will surely follow in the footsteps of the first film and thrive off a smaller scale narrative. What new worlds will our leads shrink to now? Feige’s words can really boost a fan’s excitement of what is to come. For a studio who has been producing films of the same main genre for ten years- highlighting variety seems like the best option for even more growth and success. It is too early to tell what the final results will be, but there is bound to be something for every fan in the future. If one does not connect with one piece of the chain- then they have three other different flavors to try out.
Catch Thor: Ragnarok on November 2nd
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