Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye, And Dr. Strange Movies Planned Post-‘Avengers,’ Says Kevin Feige

All things Marvel may fall under Disney’s massive, mouse-eared umbrella as of New Years Eve 2009, but the films of Marvel Studios are still handled independently by their various distributors.

The Avengers” will be the first distributed by Disney, making it apropos that Marvel Studio chief Kevin Feige should give his latest interview on the expansion of Marvel’s movie world post-“Avengers” to D23, the quarterly magazine of The Official Disney Fanclub.

Unless you’re a Mouseketeer though, you may not know the issue doesn’t come out for another couple weeks. However, IGN scored an advance look at the relevant news.

“‘X-Men’ was the dawn of the new Marvel cinematic age,” said Feige of the publisher’s formative foray into big movies. “‘Iron Man’ was the dawn of the Marvel Studios age and the establishment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning of that continuity. ‘The Avengers’ is the next big step.”

“Once all these characters come together, it’s the culmination of all that has come before. It launches a new era and a new time in the history of our films,” he continued. “Not only will it be the first film that our new home studio, Disney, will be distributing, but it will also renew each of these characters and launch them into their own franchises, starting with the second film to be released by Disney, ‘Iron Man 3’”

Feige goes on to describe the studio’s plans following the epic team up tentpole film that purports to nail down and laminate Marvel’s cinematic continuity.

“’Thor’ will go off into a new adventure, and ‘Captain America’ will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own,” he confirmed. “We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. — all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we’ve got a lot of other characters we’re prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.”

There you have it. If it weren’t reasonable enough just to assume the studio plans to probe stories for Black Widow, Hawkeye, S.H.I.E.L.D., and fan-favorite Doctor Strange, one can now call it scheduled, if unofficially.

The full issue of D23 magazine hits stands May 3.

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