Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is about to kick off with Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 hitting theater screens everywhere on May 3rd. The production team at Marvel studios is still hard at work on the other pieces of Phase Two, The Avengers 2, Thor 2, Captain America 2, and the new comer to the bunch, Guardians of the Galaxy.
The President of Production at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, recently talked with the Italian magazine Best Movie about why the studio decided to include Guardians to the Phase Two movie roster:
“[For a] long time that we wanted to bring in a movie and adventure set entirely in space. We immediately liked the idea of making a movie based on a comic mostly unknown by people [...] that present[ed] various superheroes in one movie.
“Although it’s set up from another part of the universe, a human will be in a superhero role of Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt. There will be lots of characters: from a sexy warrior to an animated tree [to] a raccoon with a gun. It’s a unique franchise and we are pleased that it’s so different from what we have done so far.”
While the majority of the work being done today is focused on Phase Two, some are looking forward to Phase Three and which established characters will return.
“Currently, the third phase is still developing. 99.9% of our time is used for Phase 2, the development of ‘The Avengers 2′ and the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ keeps us very busy. Definitely we’re not leaving aside the old glories and we can also see familiar faces such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.”
Along side the already established movie characters some more comic book favorites are joining the lineup. Edgar Wright’s long-discussed Ant-Man and word is that Doctor Strange (A favorite of Feige) will be making a, hopefully triumphant, return to the big screen.
Yep, there was a Doctor Strange TV movie back in 1978 starring Peter Hooten as Dr. Stephen Strange, Sir John Mills as Lindmer “The Ancient One”, Clyde Kusatsu as Wong, and Jessica Walter as Morgan Lefay. You can take a look at part one below, it’s painful, but really makes one wonder at what today’s special effects wizards can do with the subject matter that were impossible back when this was made.
“Dr. Strange! I love the aura of mystery that surrounds this superhero and the magical world that surrounds him. We’ve never faced anything like this and there is a lot of material that we could exploit. I would love to also see a new superhero in the ranks of the Avengers. We shall see!”
Phase Three is scheduled to commence after the release of The Avengers 2 in May 2015, while Dr. Strange has yet to officially receive a release date. Which movies are you most looking forward to? Is there a character that you’d like to see that has not been on screen yet?
Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.