Marvel phase three: Doctor Stange and Ant-Man?

News Glen Chapman 28 Jan 2013 - 06:24

With phase two about to start, Marvel Studio's head honcho has been chatting about phase three of the studio's movies...

Marvel phase two is almost upon us with the imminent release of Iron Man 3, the phase will also see the sequels to Thor, Captain America and of course The Avengers. Being a studio that looks to the future, Marvel Studios already has its sights set on Phase 3, Here's what head honcho Kevin Feige has to say in a recent interview with MTV:

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 that we've not seen before.”

Feige also went on to discuss Doctor Strange, and where that fits in the third phase of films.

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.”

So after establishing some of the characters who perhaps didn't receive the attention they deserved for some time in phase one and continuing their adventures in phase two, it appears that Marvel will take some sizeable chances in phase three. Here's hoping it pays off.


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If they are moving into space for phase 2 with thanos and the guardians of the galaxy i would love to see a planet Hulk film for wave 3 followed by his return to Earth for Avengers 3 and a giant Hulk vs Avengers movie!

I was going to write something, but it can't possibly be better than this.

With Ant-Man (Stark), Strange (Thor), and a possible Heroes for Hire (Hulk + Cap) movie mooted too, are we looking at Phase 3 being the introduction of a more grounded 'New Avengers' style movie or are Marvel getting ready to let some of the old guard go?

Is Any-Man really that different? He's one of a long list of Marvel (male, white) genius scientists with emotional problems. Wouldn't it be better to develop a more diverse or at least not male character?

I'm not the biggest fan of Ant-man but I love Edgar Wright. He could make a great film about Spider-man vs. the Circus of Crime. I'm interested to see if it's going to have the story line where Hank Pym is an inventor in the 60s and then Scott Lang steals the uniform in the modern era. Having two eras, like Watchmen, would give it a unique touch.

It's a nice idea. I think Ultron or Kang would make really good villains for the third one as well.

Why can't I get that excited about an Ant Man movie? Doc Strange on the other hand, if done right, could be intelligent gothic occult dimension hopping action movie - imagine that!

If Ant-Man is partly set in the 1960's it can fit inbetween Cap and Iron Man, showing SRR becoming SHIELD, how Howard Stark met nick Fury etc

I still think they are saving Thanos for Avengers 3...

Being a black Cuban I agree n all but when I read comics I'm just a geek. The cool black or Cuban guys don't give a crap at all. But don't forget war machine and next year falcon. And even though they're 70s lookin cats, is love to see black panther and Luke cage. And moon knight and iron fist and she hulk and the colorful robot whose name slips my mind. The comics were written at a time when hello? All the main guys were already white. But that's ok. If they go n change it, I guess that's ok too. But it shouldn't be reparations or civil activism. It's a frikkin comic book movie! Djimon honsou for black panther and Michael Kai white for Luke cage. But if Katt Williams plays doctor strange, I'm selling my tv for crack


Well the FF have always had a strong sci-fi streak, so I'd love to see FF3 (or 4) do something spacey. That could be a great phase 3 flick. Do we know anything about the story for FF3/reboot?

Nope, but since the FF aren't under Marvel Studios control, it's not going to be influenced by any of Marvel's plan for Phase 3.

Well, they can't hang around forever. Remember, by Avengers 3 (2018, presumably) RDj will have been playing Iron Man for 10 years (and at least 6 starring movies), that's a long time for a) the actor, b) the character, and c) the audience. Not that that necessarily rules him out of carrying on after, but I'd still be surprised if we had the 7 starting Avengers even by Avengers 3, let alone beyond.

If they want the franchise to continue for decades (which it can do) then they'll have to do some changes of roster, both for practical and narrative reasons.

So Ant-Man, Dr Strange, presumably another Captain America, Thor and Iron Man (if RDJ wants to do another, although his contract presumably was just for 3). Maybe another Guardians of the Galaxy if it's successful? What else might we get in Phase 3?

If we get all of those, we may never get around to seeing a Black Widow, Hawkeye or (another) Hulk movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch should play Doctor Strange

Now you mention it they will probably go with Ultron, assuming Hank Pym is Ant Man then they may spin it out of that film and explain that he needs the help of the Avengers to stop a lunatic Robot that he created.


That was my thinking too. I really hope they continue to pull it off for that long.

I'm completely white and male. I accept that white males is the established template, but still, I'd like to see them make an effort for a little more diversity.

Obviously Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Bruce Banner (probably) had to be white males. And obviously two of them had to be troubled geniuses -- that's essential backstory. But when you get to the 2nd tier characters, why make movies about the 3rd and 4th white male geniuses in the avengers (if we count Strange as a genius)? Of course, you could make either of them black (or Asian or something else) like they did with Fury. They are not iconic enough that that would be a problem, but it will still feel forced.

Wouldn't it make sense to dip into the stock of more diverse characters without sticking to sidekicks like Falcon and War Machine? Black Panther and Luke Cage are distinct possibilities. Not only are they black, but they are also sufficiently different from the current Avengers. What about Captain Marvel? Another idea I once had was to make Wasp the hero of the movie and make Hank Pym the love interest. In any case, I'd like to see them make some effort to diversify things now that they already showed the most iconic characters.

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