The first phase of Marvel Studios’ takeover of Hollywood — and the expansion of its universe in films — included IRON MAN 1-2, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THOR and THE AVENGERS.
Its second phase begins in May, with IRON MAN 3, followed by THOR: THE DARK WORLD, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and AVENGERS 2. Of course, you can also add the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show to the mix.
It’s never too early to talk about phase 3, however, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed one movie for it, and suggested early plans for another. First, ANT-MAN:
“‘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… 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.”
What movies and characters are they considering for phase 3? How about…
“‘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.”
DOCTOR STRANGE would be phenomenal, and I hope it comes to be, along with BLACK PANTHER or SUB MARINER or MS. MARVEL.