Will the MCU ever end? “Forever’s a long time,” says the executive

In the history of media, there is nothing like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kicking off with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has become the most successful film franchises of all time, and a model that other studios are constantly trying to emulate. For some, it’s the greatest story ever told.

But every story has an ending. Will the MCU ever have a grand finale? How long can Marvel continue churning out movies and shows at breakneck pace before people lose interest?

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Will the MCU ever go away? Not “for a long time”

Appearing on The Town with Matthew Belloni podcast, Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development Nate More had a pretty straightforward answer when asked whether Marvel Studios will ever stop creating new movies and shows. “I mean, I think [the MCU] can go for a long time,” he said. “We can’t sit back on our laurels. We can’t think we have the answers. We have to continue to push the envelope as far as genre and what we’re willing to explore. But to me, Marvel movies are just movies. Our source material is just… It’d be like saying, ‘Hey, are movies about books gonna go on forever?’ Probably.”

Belloni pointed out how trends come and go in entertainment, citing westerns and musicals as examples of genres that were once all the rage in Hollywood before passing out of fashion. But Moore isn’t worried:

It’s cyclical, right? Things come back. I think we can go for a while. We have a lot of great stuff in the pipeline and stuff, honestly, we can’t find room for. One of the great things about Disney+ was, we got to tell stories that we were like, ‘I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to tell that story.’ And now, we’re like, ‘Oh, we have another outlet?’ Because, we don’t want to make ten movies a year. That’s gonna be bad. Moon Knight, for instance. We’ve been talking about Moon Knight for a long time and it just couldn’t get on the slate ’cause there’s too much stuff. But all of a sudden, we have a secondary outlet where we could tell six hours of a cool Moon Knight story that otherwise doesn’t exist. And I think there are a lot of other properties that we haven’t had a chance to tell. So, I think it can go on for a while, forever’s a long time. We certainly don’t feel like we’re done.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe goes on. The latest entry is Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverout now in theaters.

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