Marvel's Phase Three to Be Headlined by 'Ant-Man' and 'Dr. Strange'
While none of the films from Marvel Studios' Phase Two has been released, the company already prepares its third phase. The studio honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed to MTV News that the Phase There will officially begin with Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" in November 2015. Also included in the phase is the long-gestating "Dr. Strange" flick.
" 'Ant-Man' is definitely part of Phase Three," Feige, who has been serving as Marvel's President of Production since 2007, announced. "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."
Feige went on gushing about Wright's vision of the Dr. Hank Pym movie. "I've known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004," he said. "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."
As for the long-developed "Dr. Strange" project, Feige said that it's actually designed to be part of Phase Three. " 'Doctor Strange', which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them," he confirmed. "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."
Describing what fans could expect from the third phase, Feige dished, "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."
For now, Marvel is gearing up to release a number of highly-anticipated movies from the second phase. "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" will be released Stateside this year, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" will come out in 2014, while "The Avengers 2" is set to arrive in 2015.
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