The third Avengers movie, the two-part Infinity War, hits theaters in May 2018 and May 2019. By the time the dust has settled, we'll have gotten Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel (in that order). In other words, we'll already have a shitload of new heroes to work with, and that could enable Marvel to do something other than upping the stakes and the scale ad infinitum.
In a new interview with Vulture, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the MCU after Infinity War, which will reportedly feature more than 60 Marvel characters. "I think it's possible to have more intimate movies after that," Feige said, "or to have more interesting, unexpected combinations of characters after that, absolutely."
He went on:
"It never is intentionally about 'being even bigger.' Arguably, one of the biggest scenes we've ever had in a movie was the airport battle in Civil War, and there weren't world-ending stakes in that scene, there wasn't an asteroid smashing into a city in that scene, but there was a conflict between the characters that made you feel something. ... To us, it's less about continuing to go bigger with spectacle—although in some cases, we will—and more about continuing to go deeper with those character interactions."
Feige said he's especially excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange come face to face with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, but that folks should expect "unexpected team-ups" in Avengers: Infinity War.
Yesterday, Vulture published a separate portion of its Feige interview, one where he said "it's important that we don't feel like a completely white, European cast" going forward. The MCU's future goal is "as inclusive a group of characters as one could want."
Throw it back to 2015 and watch Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso break down the company's hip-hop variant comic book covers project: