Stan Lee: Marvel making Doctor Strange & Black Panther films

News Simon Brew 2 Jul 2013 - 06:37
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Has Stan Lee just let slip that Doctor Strange and Black Panther are set to join Marvel's Phase Three of movies?

With Marvel having long since locked down the movies that would make up its Phase Two collection of features (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers 3), speculation has been growing as to which features would make up Phase Three. This has been fuelled by Disney and Marvel announcing release dates through until 2017, even though it's not confirmed the exact films that would be arriving on said dates.

The only Phase Three projects that are confirmed thus far are Edgar Wright's Ant-Man and also The Avengers 3. But has Stan Lee, chatting at Wizard World Comic Con in New York over the weekend, let slip one or two others.

Chatting about what films Marvel is planning next, Lee did confirm that "I'm not involved in those decisions anymore". He did say that the people who are making the decisions are fans of the stories "just like you", and then added that "So they're working on Ant-Man, working on Doctor Strange; they're working on Guardians Of The Galaxy; they're working on god knows what. Did I say the Black Panther also? They're the ones I know about, and they're working on others that I don't know about, and shame on them for not telling me".

Doctor Strange is a passion project for Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, and it's expected that it'll be announced at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con that it's on the Marvel roster. Black Panther has been rumoured for some time, but plans had seemed less concrete. Maybe that's not the case now though.

If Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and Black Panther do take up slots in Phase Three, then it does suggest that further sequels to Thor and Captain America, and a sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy, may have to fight it out in the queue (even if Marvel keeps its two movies a year production rate up).

More on all of this as we hear it.

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