Expect a lot of these pieces over the next couple of weeks as Marvel Studios rolls out promotion for Thor: The Dark World, and in today’s installment of “Kevin Feige Says…,” the Marvel Studios head honcho discusses latter Phase 2 and Phase 3 details such as the threat of Ultron, the future of Loki, and when we might learn more details about what movies will be a part of the next wave of Marvel productions.
In a new interview with /Film, Feige discussed the very spoilery implications of the new Thor movie, but he also discussed the somewhat less spoilery plans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large. For instance, what will make Ultron a big enough threat to bring all the Avengers back together again as opposed to, say, Malekith, the big bad from The Dark World?
I don’t think it’s going to be about saving the universe every time. We’ve said that. It’s not about saving planet earth every time. It might be many times, but the threat that Ultron brings is certainly worthy of all the Avengers needing to come together and also the timing does play a large part of that. When you see a threat coming you have more time to assemble. There’s not a whole lot more I can say on that.
Speaking of big bads, we know that Loki won’t be a part of Avengers: Age of Ultron, so when might he return again? Thor 3?
Yeah, I don’t think it would be before Thor 3 if there is a Thor 3 and while we certainly have ideas of where we would like that to go, there are no specifics. We have to see how this one does and then go from there.
And finally, what comes after Age of Ultron? What movies will be a part of Phase 3 and will we hear about them at the 2014 edition of San Diego Comic Con?
It’s all in flux. Well, not all in flux, but specific titles for those dates, we are honing in on them. It probably wouldn’t be earlier than Comic-Con to announce that, but perhaps. It’s a long way away.
Not that long, so Feige was given a chance to talk about what might be in the bullpen warming up, more sequels or all new films based on characters not-yet-seen on screen?
I think it’s important, in an ideal world, that we have an additional story on a pre-existing character and then introduce a new character. So next year is The Winter Solider, Guardians…Year after that, Age of Ultron, Ant-Man. That’s a nice rhythm. It might not always be like that. I mean [this year was] Iron Man 3 and The Dark World, so it won’t always be like that necessarily, but that’s certainly something to aim for. So we have additional stories of the existing characters in development and the new ones, all of which you’ve heard before.
Thor: The Dark World is in a theater near you on November 8.