Holy crap. And no, 2028 is not a typo (although since I'm writing this article, it's an extremely reasonable assumption to make). Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had planned the Marvel cinematic universe all the way through the next 14 years.
From a feature on Feige in Businessweek:
[Feige]concedes that Marvel won't recover the film rights to Spider-Man or the X-Men anytime soon but says Marvel has something more valuable: a universe of thousands of characters it controls entirely. That means Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters, creating a vast audience for almost any Marvel movie. People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There's a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige's office. 'It's like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, 'What's happening back there? I can sort of see it,'' he laughs. 'They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.'"
That doesn't even make any sense. There's no way Marvel can predict the vagaries of their movies, the box office, or audiences that far in advance, not with any accuracy. Unless Marvel Studios thinks it's infallible — which is certainly a possibility at this point — I would have to think this "map" is more like a "wishlist"of the way Marvel hopes the future will turn out. Because if nothing else, they're going to have to recast most if not all of the Avengers over the next 14 years, because Robert Downey Jr. will be well over 60 once 2028 rolls around.
Or maybe they're just trolling Warner Bros./DC at this point. "Oh? You think you're finally getting ready to make a Justice League movie? That's nice. We have our next 40 movies planned out. I think we're going to do Squirrel Girl, too. Not because we think she's a good character, mind you, but just because if we manage to make a Squirrel Girl movie before you figure out how to make a Wonder Woman movie it'll be hilarious."
[Via The Dissolve]