With the stage now set and almost half a dozen movies on the way, Marvel Studios seems to have firm grasp on where their cinematic universe is headed. The sheer weight of planning all those Stan Lee cameos alone must tie up a lot of resources. Over the next few months we are sure to get hints and teasers of what is to come, in fact over the next few paragraphs we get that.

Next up for the Marvel Universe it’s Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013); Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8, 2013) and after the jump we have Marvel movie head honcho Kevin Feige talking about Tony Stark’s third outing and a few words Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talk about what is in store for the Asgardian step-brothers. But first, a fresh scan from the latest Empire Magazine.

Pictured above, yes it’s Iron War Patriot Machine! While we’re not any closer to figuring out the name of Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes’ (Don Cheadle) star spangled robot pants in Iron Man 3, we are treated to a clearer picture of it. Oh and speaking of costumes…

In the same issue, Empire bombarded Feige with questions about Shane Black‘s forth coming threequel. Foremost (for me) is the new more beige Iron Man armor, identified as Mk XLVII, placing it about 39 suits of armor since the last one we saw.

“Logic would dictate that it would be the Mark VIII, but we’ve already talked about taking risks, so logic may not apply!!”

One thing we have gleaned early on is that the third Iron Man movie would borrow heavily from Warren EllisExtremis comic arc from the comics, What does Feige have to say about we comic book nerds cluing in early?

“Comic fans are at an advantage and a disadvantage. They know the source material inside and out and believe they can connect clues that lead back to that. And they’re at a disadvantage because don’t always connect those clues correctly!”

Well then… Here’s another scan!

It is easy to say that Iron Man 3 is already a highly anticipated movie. With the teaser trailer looking rather dark Feige still came out earlier stating the movie ‘It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony.’ – Hey Stark, remember that time your house blew up and you were dragged into the ocean? Funny times, funny times.

Now on to the man Empire magazine has named “Man of the Year”, Chris Hemsworth!

I am guessing no one at the Empire offices saw Red Dawn… It’s ok though, ’cause by the sounds of it Thor: Dark World will more than make up for a terrible movie or two. Here’s what he had to say to Empire:

On Returning To Asgard For Thor: The Dark World:

“We’ve known since Thor 1 that we were gonna do a Thor 2, so we’ve been talking about possibilities, and then once The Avengers worked, there were things where we’d go, ‘Cool, we can continue this and this is where we go from them with the story.’ It’s been a long time. But you always need this period, the rehearsal prep, and we’ve got some good stuff down. I just saw some of the sets in the last few days and it looks incredible. There’s a lot more of an organic kind of feel to Asgard now. And that Viking element of the Asgardian people, of Thor’s history, is much more present.”

On What Director Alan Taylor Brings To The Sequel:

“It’s less science fiction. I mean, if you look at Game Of Thrones, what I love about it is that it has that mythical element but you’re always grounded in such an organic world. I think that’s the goal scored second time round.”

YES! Don’t get me wrong, I found the first one surprisingly good but moments after walking out of the theater I was already wondering how they’d carry on past it. The ‘fish out of water’ bit only works once (see Crocodile Dundee 2, tell me I’m wrong.) The vague possibility of an all out Asgardian battle royale already had me excited.

Granted, what good is Thor with out a little Loki? A surprising strong point of the first one (as well the team up movie Avengers) was Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the Norse trickster god. Yes, he is in the sequel and yes he’s been doing his  share of talking about it too. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Hiddleston gave a little insight on the difference between Kenneth Branagh (who directed the first one) and the sequels new helm, Taylor.

“Ken established the tone, so we’ve taken the baton and kept running. Alan Taylor is fantastic, one of the men responsible for ‘Game of Thrones’ which is so of that world, a very grounded, gritty, earthy world where warriors and swords and monsters and magic all meet, so his experience of that has given him a fantastic take on the whole world of Thor. 

He was refashioning those archetypes in space. We talked about King Lear and that kind of dynastic drama, about succession, with somebody at the top of the tree, and somebody else due to succeed the throne, there’s always a wrestling if it’s father and son… it’s all very dynastic.”

Ya, I let out a girlish squeal when I read that.

One last comment. I know it is really way to earlier to start speculating about what Marvel’s Phase 3 will be like, but Feige if you’re reading this, I’m going to do you a solid. Base it all off this piece of art by Ulises Farinas.Stan Lee can cameo as a puppy!

Source: CBM, 2, 3, Superhero Hype


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