Today, President of Production Kevin Feige shared plans for future big screen Marvel projects. Ant-Man, he says, will officially launch “Phase Three” and early plans also call for the long-rumored Doctor Strange to be included.
“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three,” Feige explains. “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.
“ The official line-up for “Phase Two”, then, includes Iron Man 3 in May, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, Captain America: The Winter Solider on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and, finally, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. That’s all in addition to the upcoming Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, now filming its pilot episode. After that, there are several new characters being considered for features.
“‘Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them,” Feige continues. “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.