Phase two


As you’re rockin’ out to the latest Thor: The Dark World trailer posted today, keep in mind this new declaration from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige: they’ve got plans till 2021. That’s right, not only is the studio’s dance card full through 2015, with some previously announced slots already set for ’16 and ’17, Marvel’s looking at projects through to the end of the decade and beyond. Talk about ambition…

…And Feige did. In a recent interview with, the studio head talked about advanced planning and how its worked for the brand so far. “I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021,” says Feige. “Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.”

Not sure if Feige means they were planning general, as in to say, “Let’s make an Ant Man movie,” or more specifically like, “Let’s make an Ant Man movie and release it November 2015.”

Ever the tease Feige added that those plans don’t just mean continuing on with the characters establish thus far, but creating films based on the entire tapestry of Marvel characters at the studio’s finger tips. “Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone,” he explains. “Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”

So does that mean we’re going to get a shake-up post-Avengers: Age of Ultron? Doctor Strange? Black Panther? Daredevil? Howard the Duck? Feige’ll never tell.

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie


The world has so far only been introduced to the first phase of Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe, that ambitious series of comic book movies based on the company’s catalogue of characters. As of May the first, the second phase with begin, starting with Iron Man 3. Thor: The Dark World will round out the year and lead us into 2014.

While speaking with Cinema Blend about The Avengers’ Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s Executive Vice President, elaborated on the state of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the more ambitious ensemble cast films in “Phase Two”, the film will feature several alien forms of life and each is going to require some visual effects enhancements. In the case of Guardians members Rocket Raccoon and Groot an entire CGI body could be in order. According to Alonso though:

“We’re going to do a combination. You can’t do any motion capture with a raccoon – they won’t let you put the suit on [laughs]. But we will do rotomation, probably, for some of the behavior. Rocket will have his own personality, of course, and clearly we can’t do mocap on a tree, per say, but we definitely will have performers to emulate what James Gunn will lead to be the behavior and the performance. He’s very clear on where he wants to take the characters.”

To those unfamiliar with the term rotomation, the process is essentially motion capture from 2D tracking, a process similar to what’s used in recording motion capture for video games. It’s actually really cool when you have a better understanding of it all, but it’s useless without an actor’s personality and seeing as how Gunn isn’t really an actor it’s slightly troubling. Although production still has a few months to fine tune everything, right?

“Production has already started! Completely. It started months ago and we have an entire team in London already – we start shooting in June. Our director [James Gunn] travels next week and it’s going, baby! It’s a fast train to a beautiful place.”

Well shit. At least this means everything is still in a state of pre-production at the London location and James isn’t walking around with balls all over his body. This isn’t like the Avengers, where almost every star had a film or two to build interest on. Almost everyone in Guardians of the Galaxy is being introduced for the first time through the ensemble feature itself. That doesn’t really leave a lot of space to mess around with character development.

Guess we’ll see how far along the progress of shooting Guardians of the Galaxy gets in the next few months.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Even with Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight Rises and Sony‘s The Amazing Spider-Man soon being unleashing into theaters, people are still talking The Avengers.

The Joss Whedon feature continues to break records months after it’s initial May 4th release, now becoming a $600 million dollar blockbuster!  That brings it’s global total to an astounding 1.4 billion, making it the 3rd highest grossing feature film of all time and also the highest grossing comic book movie ever.

It’s an amazing feat for such a film, even with a $50 million paycheck reportedly being netted by Robert Downy Jr. and his fantastic contract negotiators. But despite all these accolades it’s still only “phase one”, which means it’s time for the second phase of Marvel’s money-making production. This next step in Marvel Studios’ expansion of the multi-franchise might be a little much, but with everything set to be released over the course of the next few years instead of all at once, it should be easy to digest.

Currently being worked on are future sequels Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and The Avengers 2 as well as the rumored Ant-Man, Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy projects.  The future looks bright for Marvel and it’s films right now. In the meantime, The Avengers must surpass James Cameron’s Titanic and his blue alien love fest Avatar to take the top spot.  But given enough time, it could be done.

So if you’d like to see it cross that heavenly $700 million dollar marker you should head to theaters and watch The Avengers for what could be your eighth or ninth time. Be sure to pray to your Joss Whedon statue before you go in order to give it a little more meaning.

Source: Screen Rant