Marvel is just about to enter Phase 2 of its cinematic universe, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already looking forward to Phase 3.
The Avengers were the culmination of Phase 1 of Marvel’s cinematic push, and Iron Man 3 will be the inaugural film of Phase 2, but the company is looking way beyond 2015 and The Avengers 2 already. “Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige told MTV News recently. “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.” (Oh, that makes sense, throw millions of dollars at a film because of one guy’s vision when you have no clue where it could go?)
Where is Marvel going in Phase 3? Well it appears the company wants to start taking more risks. “So much of the stories we’re telling [right now] is about the core ‘Avengers’ characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in Iron Man 3, as we get them all into the next Avengers film. 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.”
When Feige was pressed by MTV on the subject of the often rumored Doctor Strange film, however, he relented. “‘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.”
Anyone who has spent time in the Marvel universe as a reader can tell you that when Dr. Strange gets in the mix, things get odd. Mysticism is what he is all about, and things just get all sorts of weird. These are going to be some big dice that Marvel and Disney are going to be rolling, but by that point, I think they will have earned our trust.
So, to recap, here are how the Marvel Phases are breaking down:
Marvel Phase 1
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
Marvel Phase 2
- Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
- Thor:The Dark World – November 15, 2013
- Captain America:The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- The Avengers 2 – ? (2015)
Marvel Phase 3
- Ant-Man – November 6, 2015
- Dr. Strange
It looks like Phase 3 is going to be off to a really odd start.
[ Source MTV ]