Back in 2008, Iron Man ushered in a new age of movies, and now, 9 years and 15 films later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever – and by the end of the current story arc, in a couple of years, it will have a respectable 22 films under its belt.

The Avengers are changing – that’s a fact. And not the sub-Avengers we saw in Age of Ultron or the team reshuffles that Civil War brought along. No, Avengers 3 and 4 are certainly going to bring about some major changes to the team – most likely the departure of original members – and very probably the untimely death of Captain America.

However, while certain aspects and character stories will be drawing to a close, Marvel Studios is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down, announcing that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will be introducing the cosmic world of the MCU. Though they aren’t just setting up the next couples of films – oh, no – in a Facebook Q&A, Gunn discussed what the third movie will be setting up. And it’s a hell of a plan:

“One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — it will take place after the next two Avengers movies — and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe.”

Marvel’s planning is not a particularly new or shocking development – but announcing the possibility of another two decades-worth of films is a crazy thought. And if their currently run of productions is anything to go by, this could mean a possible 60-80 films total. Our hearts go out to any newcomers, because if the comicbooks are difficult to follow, imagine what the films will be like.

And while some may be worried about becoming bored of superhero films by that time, it’s safe to say that Marvel has done an excellent job of reinventing itself with every new picture, character, writer and director that they add.

20 more years of Marvel – yay or nay? What or who would you like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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