The world hasn’t been formally introduced to The Guardians of the Galaxy yet but Marvel is already looking to the future and the future holds a lot for our plucky space-based heroes.

It’s no surprise that Marvel is looking ahead but it’s a bit surprising to see how far they are looking ahead.

Speaking with Business Week, Marvel president Kevin Feige spoke about what comes next for the cinematic behemoth that is Marvel. Of course you’ve got The Avengers 2 and Ant-Man and surely another Thor and Captain America film but what else will drive the studio into the future? And how far will it take it? According to Feige and Disney CEO Bob Iger, it’s spinoffs. Spinoffs galore! And those spinoffs will keep Marvel chugging along until at least 2028.

Here’s a bit from the Business Week piece:

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.”

And here’s Iger’s thoughts on the road ahead and how practically any character can be spun off into his or her own feature film:

Iger would like to replicate the success of The Avengers with other Marvel teams. He says Marvel could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features. In November, Disney announced a deal with Netflix to create individual TV shows about Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. They will join forces in a fifth series called The Defenders. Iger and Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, recently met with the Marvel team to talk about new heroes who will be introduced in Age of Ultron and could be spun off in their own films as well. Iger declines to name them. “The possibilities are endless,” he says.

This is an interesting point for Marvel. Their biggest characters have made a huge splash in theaters but now it’s time to introduce some lesser-known heroes. While I think Star-Lord and his band of unorthodox pals is the best property around, it’s not a 100% sure thing. In fact, there stands a chance that Marvel may be introducing characters that don’t set the box office on fire.

But Feige and Iger move ahead, knowing that there is a lot more where this came from. Will audiences fall in love with Guardians and the new characters in Age of Ultron? That remains to be seen. But if they are, we are going to see much, much more of these new characters. 

I just want a Rocket Raccoon toy, dammmit.

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