Avengers 4 might not be the end of the franchise

"I don't think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie," said Disney CEO Bob Iger

The hotly anticipated Marvel sequel Avengers 4 hits screens in 2019, and is set to arrive in UK cinemas in April next year. It will bring about the end of the franchise’s Phase Three

Fans have speculated that following the cliff-hanger ending of previous film Avengers: Infinity War, the follow-up will resolve numerous plot threads featuring key characters from the Marvel universe. While the film is likely to mark the end of the journey for multiple characters, Disney CEO Bob Iger has suggested that the Avengers series may continue beyond next year’s fourth instalment. 

“We meet on a regular basis with our Marvel team, and we’ve plotted out Marvel movies that will take us well into the next decade,” Iger said during an earnings call, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m guessing we will try our hand at what I’ll call a new franchise beyond Avengers,” he hinted, “but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t see more Avengers down the road. We just haven’t made any announcements about that.”

He also said that the overall goal of Avengers 4 –  which was filmed immediately after Infinity War – is to “have a significant conclusion” to the plot that begun in the 2008 film Iron Man. That said, Iger cautioned fans against speculating that the series might be drawing to a close.

“Given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude there will never be another Avengers movie,” he said.

Avengers: Infinity War has taken in more than $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide, and Marvel has several more projects in the works: including Ant-Man and the Wasp in July 2018, and Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4 next year.