Did Phase One of Marvels cinematic universe (Iron Man 1 & 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Avengers) rock your socks off? Of course it did. Marvel has delivered a comic-book movie dynasty. And they’re not done yet, not even close.
At San Diego Comic Con, Phase Two of Marvels master plan was revealed. We’ve got Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and The Avengers 2. I dunno about you, but I for one, am half squeeing with excitment and half cautiously wondering if it’s all gonna implode.
Want some more deets? Well, I’m sorry to say, we’re just as in the dark as you are. However, Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada had a few respectable things to say on the subject. In an interview with SFX Magazine, ‘ole Joe addressed his thoughts on what’s next:
It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens next. But personally I think that The Avengers now enhances the solo movies because it was so successful. Everyone has their favourite moment or character and now it’s like ’we’ve seen what you’ve got so show us some more.’
Like the first phase, Iron Man will kick off the second phase with the third film in the franchise. Quesada talked up the Shane Black-directed film saying,
It’s going to have some amazing surprises, I don’t think people have any idea what it’s going to be like but it’s a wonderful take on what the third Iron Man movie should be. We have a really unique perspective on it and we’re pretty happy with how it’s shaping up. [Robert Downey Jr.] has really taken the character to some new and interesting places.
As for Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
The goal is to mine different territory to what we have already. We’ve been very lucky and fortunate to [also] have these characters enhanced by the performances of these actors.
On the subject of Gaurdians of the Galaxy…
There’s a whole library of Marvel characters that could benefit from these treatments. What happens is that when one breaks out and is a success, it makes you think that if that character worked then maybe these two or three others that we never thought about before might also work. But we have to be really judicious about how we do these films because you don’t want to become your own worst enemy by over-saturating and flooding the market with this stuff.
So much of what we do is part of a big collaborative process at Marvel. So we’re going to stick to our guns and continue doing the things that we want to do in the way that we want to do them. I know that it’s tough as a fan because fans are impatient, they want to see their favourite character up there but at the end of the day the worst thing that we could do is rush a character to the screen and have it fail because then you don’t see them again for decades. That’s why we’re so strategic about this stuff, because we don’t want to hurt any characters or the Marvel brand by rushing out product.
Quesada seems just as excited about the rest of us. As well he should be. However, the one thing I don’t share his opinion on, is that The Avengers enchances the solo movies. In my opinion this is it; anything post-Avengers will pale in comparison. I mean, how can you reach the pinnacle of the super hero genre with a team driven dynamic (of epic proportions), one that has been building through five separate preceding films and then go back to making standalone features, especially if those features are required to service the narrative of the bigger world? If I could use fireworks as an example: The Avengers was the grand finale. Would you want to go back to sparklers and firecrackers after seeing a wide-eyed spectacle in the sky? For more on this, please see my post “Will ‘The Avengers’ Be The End for Marvel Films?”
Regardless, I’m still blowing nerdy loads in prospect of whats to come.