Marvel President Kevin Feige has a lot to discuss, and in a recent interview with MTV , there was plenty to talk about. Feige was not only happy to answer questions about the beginning of Marvel’s Phase Two (kicking off with Iron Man 3 on 26th April), but he also looked way into the future and discussed plans for Phase Three (due to kick off in 2015 after The Avengers 2 has landed).
Firstly Feige spoke about what plans Marvel have in place for Phase Three, and while we have had to wait a year between Phase One finishing (ending with The Avengers on 26th April 2012), and Phase Two beginning (Iron Man 3 kicks it off on 26th April this year), Phase Three is set to begin much quicker. The Avengers 2 will complete Phase Two when released on 1st May 2015, and Phase Three will begin on 6th November 2015 with the now confirmed Ant-Man. Feige spoke about Ant-Man, of how it will begin Marvel’s next chapter and of how the film is really only being made based on the skills of director Edgar Wright.
Here is what Feige had to say:
“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three. Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie…I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004. He asked me what Marvel was doing with ‘Ant-Man’ — we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”
While discussing Phase Three, Feige dropped a few hints at who they might be bringing into the Marvel movie universe, and one of the names mentioned was Dr Strange, and while not mentioned here, Feige has previously hinted at a possible Hulk movie:
“Beyond that… ‘Ant-Man’ is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop…’Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”
However, while we all begin to get excited about Ant-Man, Dr Strange and whatever other delights Feige and his team have in store for us from 2015 onwards, let’s not forget that Phase Two kicks off on 26th April with Iron Man 3, and will continue as follows:
Thor: The Dark World- 8th November 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier- 4th April 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy- 1st August 2014
The Avengers 2- 1st May 2015
Ant-Man- 6th November 2015
And let’s not forget the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series now in development.
Firstly Feige explained how Iron Man 3 would be the most stand alone Iron Man movie yet (with regards to linking all the characters together for The Avengers 2), but also dropped hints that there will be clues in Iron Man 3 to gently link it to further Marvel films:
“I would say that the exercise of this film [Iron Man 3] is very much standalone, more so than any ‘Iron Man’ film since the first one. But because we are in Phase Two and we’re heading towards another ‘Avengers’ movie, there’s certainly a road that’s being paved — you just might not notice it…While you’re driving on the road, not knowing where it’s going, you might not realize that there are road signs and signals and lane changes that we’re setting up now — they might not be readily apparent the first time you see the movie…In this one, it has less to do with any sort of larger S.H.I.E.L.D. or cosmic overlay, but much more about Tony, his frame of mind, his viewpoint and the things he wants to pursue.”
Finally he answered the question on everyone’s minds, just what has Joss Whedon got planned for The Avengers 2? Unfortunately Feige had no answers, but did drop some hints which I am sure you will find exciting:
“It’s still early days, but I told [Whedon] after reading the first sketch outline he delivered — and there’s a lot of work still to do, he has to sit down and turn this into a movie — but there are already seven things in there that are worth the price of admission alone.”
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