‘Ant-Man’ & ‘Doctor Strange’ Confirmed as Marvel Phase Three Movies

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 26th, 2013 at 9:20 am,

Dr. Strange Marvel Movie Ant Man & Doctor Strange Confirmed as Marvel Phase Three Movies

Marvel Studios has only one non-sequel in development that will release in the next two-and-a-half years, and that project has been dominating the headlines as of late with rapid fire reports and rumors surrounding the casting of Guardians of the Galaxy. It won’t be until after The Avengers 2 when a new hero will get a chance to headline their own film, thanks to Edgar Wright and his dedication to realizing Ant-Man on the big screen.

With Ant-Man releasing months after the second team-up event film, is it still part of “Phase Two” of the Marvel cinematic universe? No, in fact it’s in Phase Three where Doctor Strange will also finally have his own movie.

In chatting with MTV, Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige flat out confirmed the positioning of Ant-Man in the Marvel cinematic universe as the first step in Phase Three after The Avengers 2. He also iterates that the “only” reason it’s happening is because of the unique vision of Edgar Wright, who’s writing and directing the feature – after having been attached for years and years.

“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three. Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie… I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004. He asked me what Marvel was doing with ‘Ant-Man’ — we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”

Phase One was six films, Phase Two will only be five – not counting the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series that began shooting this week.

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Like Guardians of the GalaxyAnt-Man will be the next Marvel Studios full-length feature to showcase and explore entirely new characters for the franchise, and its positioning after The Avengers 2 makes it rather clear that he will not be a main character in that story. Even before The Avengers 1, Edgar Wright said Ant-Man would need his origin tale told first before he could become a member of Earth’s Mightiest and while executives at Marvel considered the idea of having three movies in one year (i.e. Ant-Man in 2014) it wasn’t a realistic scenario.

“So much of the stories we’re telling [right now] is about the core ‘Avengers’ characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in ‘Iron Man 3,’ as we get them all into the next ‘Avengers’ film. Beyond that… ‘Ant-Man’ is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.”

Guardians of the Galaxy was one property frequently name-dropped by Feige, alongside Dr. Strange and The Inhumans, for over the last two years, representing riskier “out there” types of properties that delve deep into the sci-fi and fantasy realms of the Marvel Comics library. We of course know that Guardians is on its way to becoming a reality, and rumors in recent months had a potential Strange appearance in this fall’s Thor: The Dark World. So, after multiple reports of Marvel developing the project, is Doctor Stephen Strange actually going to get his chance?

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“‘Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”

Let’s hope it’s better than the 1978 TV movie.

Ant-Man is the film with the latest release date for fall 2015, which means the earliest we’ll see Dr. Strange, is 2016. Both will be separate chapters in Phase Three of the Marvel cinematic universe. We always knew they were going cosmic after The Avengers. Should Guillermo del Toro direct Doctor Strange? What about Black Panther?

More on this soon…

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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  1. while I’m psyched to see these characters come to life I’m bummed that there’s no talk of a hulk sequel

  2. Wow, Marvel certainly are not resting on their laurels, phase 3 already in planning whilst still not further news on that damn Justice League movie.

    DC / Warners Bros – sort it out!!

    • the more that time passes and no details are released/confirmed about the justice league, the more it confirms what i’m sure many people are thinking, and that’s that Warner really have no idea what they are doing. more reactionary rather than having an actual plan.

  3. I got a bad feeling about this we all remember the housing market crashing well if Marvel keep doing what their doing the will have the samething happen.

    Thank You DC comics for listing to your costomers

  4. I got a bad feeling about this we all remember the housing market crashing well if Marvel keep doing what their doing the will have the samething happen.

  5. I got a bad feeling about this

    • @ Mike

      Do you have a bad feeling about this?

    • You should totally post about your “bad feeling” again…

  6. Dr. Strange would be cool and I hope they do justice to his character (unlike Ghost-rider and Punisher which I am a huge fan of in the comics).
    I am with you Yeti on the Hulk film. He is my favorite Marvel character and I feel as if they finally made what the audience was wanting out of the Hulk. The other movies are still great and all, but a cool Hulk like in the Avengers would be downright AWESOME! Get on it Marvel!!!

  7. I’m sure I remember reading somewhere that it wasn’t a certainty that RDJ would return for any more Iron Man films are Avengers 2. Therefore, I wonder whether Marvel are bringing Strange and Ant-Man in to give themselves more options incase RDJ opts out.

    At the end of Avengers 2 Iron Man could simply go off with the Guardians of the Galaxy which, correct me if I’m wrong, happens in the comics. This would also open a possible War-Machine/Iron Patriot roster call up if they so wished.

    That makes a potential avengers 3 lineup of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and possibly War Machine. I’m not sure Hawkeye and/or Black Widow will make it past Avengers 2. I don’t think Black Panther will get a solo-movie. If he is to be introduced I think they will do so in one of the Avengers films, or sadly, not at all.

  8. doctor strange movies is finally coming in marvel phrase three movies and in the future marvel movies black phanther,inhuman,guardian of the galaxy 2,the incredible hulk 2,thor 3,captain america 3,ant-man 2, the avengers 3 and they one of them will appars in the avengers 2 and other super hero will in the avegers 3 movies.

  9. meh too both. They really need to get a hulk movie done right, nortons version was great and i even liked ang lees but we need the hulk to get the same treatmeant as batman and spidey did. So much awesome hulk stories to tell !!!

  10. People are sick of comicbook movie now heck im tired of them there way to many

    • SO your not gonna go see IM3? or Thor 2, Cap 2, Avengers 2, GOTG??? Yeah OK

    • Thats why the last couple made over a billion dollars. One of them even became the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time… So you couldnt be more wrong in saying people are sick of them

  11. I really liked DC’s Atom better, but he is notmentioned anywhere.

  12. I hate to say this, since he’s played a lead doctor on a TV show for years, but Patrick Dempsey would make an awesome Dr. Strange. He looks the part to a tee, he’s the right age, and you can’t fault his acting chops.

  13. Jimmy Smits as Docter Strange. Best and Only choice.

  14. I think Maverl need to slow down and fix there comic book because their doing the same thing to the movies that they are doing to their comic book just putting them out their without though.

  15. I think Maverl need to slow down and fix there comic book because their doing the same thing to the movies

  16. they’re doing too much

  17. there are ONLY so many characters they are gonna do! If they did everyone we are wanting the comic book movie expierience would be SH*T… I personally DO NOT think they will go any further than Phase 3!!

    they need to end it sometime and everything comes in THREES.. nowadays

    • I agree but I think the sad truth is that if the movies continue to make money they will continue to push them out. I don’t think they should stop after Phase 3 but slow down instead, say perhaps a movie every two years or so, with a different character. Then they can ramp it up again in the future if they want/need to.

    • Everything comes in fours actually.

  18. @mike
    How many times do u have to say this is a bad idea? 7 times I counted. Even if you are sick of these movies, most of the general public and obviously the comic book fans arent, and this will continue as long as these kind of movies make money (which will always be the case). But thats the beautiful thing about marvel studios. If one character doesnt do that well, then they have other characters to introduce in solo films and they have watever successful heroes & their films thus far. Yes I will admit that other comic book superhero movies suck, if not most of them. Marvel Studios films are the exception, along wit the dark knight trilogy, spiderman 1 & 2, x-men 1 & 2, x-men first class, the amazing spiderman, watchmen, superman 1 & 2, kickass, hellboy, batman & batman returns, and dredd if hes even considered a hero. THats about it really. I would put the dark knight trilogy and the marvel cinematic universe at the top easily. But this is all my opinion of course, sry if anyone feels like Im coming off too snobby. i dont mean to

  19. I really want Io see a black panther movie

  20. I see a need for Damian Hellstrom, better known as “The Son of Satan” Ghost Rider and Dr. Stange should team up with him.

  21. I still would love to see a Heroes for Hire movie. I don’t read comic books but perhaps they could include the Hulk somewhere in there (I know this doesn’t happen in the comics per say, but a solo Hulk film is very unlikely and he has to get more screen time somewhere). I could totally see it.

  22. Someone in casting please listen…Eric Dane as Dr Strange…perfect match

  23. November 6th is a great day to release a new movie. I’ll be celebrating my 51st birthday.