When Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in theaters last month, we all knew it was the beginning of something massive. Disney spent over $4 billion on the property, so no matter how many records The Force Awakens breaks in theaters, on Blu-ray or on demand, you van guarantee that the company is already looking forward to the future of the franchise.
We already know that Disney is planning to produce Episode VIII and Episode IX to complete the latest saga trilogy. We also know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will serve as the first theatrical spin-off in franchise history, to be followed by a Han Solo prequel movie that is currently in the casting phase.
Beyond that, all Disney knows is that we’re going to be watching new Star Wars movies for plenty of years to come.
“There are five Star Wars films – four more with Episode VII: The Force Awakens – that are in varying stages of development and production,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told BBC Newsbeat in an interview. “There will be more after that, I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often.”
Speaking of billion dollar acquisitions, Disney has also seen unprecedented success at the box office (as well as on the TV screen and within the world’s most popular video streaming subscription service) from Marvel over the past several years.
Although the current lineup of heroes is expected to begin winding down following the finale that will be the two-part sequel Avengers: Infinity War, Iger says that superheroes are here to stay. “Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters – that will go on forever,” he said.
You’re certainly not the only one if you feel that at least a decade of Star Wars movies and enough Marvel material to last “forever” might be overkill, but Iger isn’t worried about interest petering out, saying that “we keep raising the bar in terms of telling stories that bring them back, that excite them, that make it feel new and that is what we do for a living.”