Kevin Feige: No Additional Marvel Phase 3 Movie Announcements Until 2014

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Marvel’s remaining Phase 2 movies were the focus of the studio’s 2013 Comic-Con panel. New footage from the Thor and Captain America sequels was shown at the event, but the highlights were the Guardians of the Galaxy segment – featuring the cast and raw footage from James Gunn’s hilariously off-beat sci-fi vision – as well as the announcement trailer for Joss Whedon’s capstone Phase 2 installment, which we now know is called Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Prior to this year’s ‘Con, there were rumors swirling around that Marvel would use its panel to announce at least one of the films that it has tentative plans to release in either Summer 2016 or 2017. That didn’t happen, and the latest word from Marvel Studio President of Production Kevin Feige is that we shouldn’t expect to soon hear an official confirmation of what films are going to be included in Phase 3 (besides the previously-announced Ant-Man and The Avengers 3, obviously) – at least, not until next year.

Collider sat down with Feige for an interview, prior to him taking the stage at the 2013 ‘Con. That discussion was heavily focused on Marvel Studios’s future slate, and why Feige believes it’s so important to keep taking risks in Phase 2 (and beyond) - with the next big “risk” being the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, since it’s neither a sequel nor an adaptation of a widely-known comic book property.

To quote Feige on the subject:

“… So the need for the new is something we talk about, and we’ve been talking about for the past five years.  Everything we’ve done has been a plan, has been premeditated.  I love that Warner Bros. is doing it.  I love that there will be announcements from other studios later today, about this notion of shared universes.  It did not exist, and we thought it’d be fun to play with it.

“I love that our success has inspired people to do it, because the audience said, “we like that.  We want more of that, please.”  So, I love it, and I can’t wait to see those movies that come out.  We’re not thinking three years ahead, even five years ahead and 10 years ahead.  How do we keep it fresh?  And Guardians is our big answer to that.”

As far as additional Phase 3 announcements go, Feige said “It would probably be, at the earliest, a year from now [in 2014].” For the time being, the smart bet is that Thor 3 and Captain America 3 will be included as part of Phase 3 (in addition to Ant-Man), before Avengers 3 reaches theaters in 2018, in keeping with the three-year period between the previous movies (featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes united together).

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Therefore, when you consider Feige’s comments about bringing new material to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – in combination with the unlikelihood of Iron Man 4 happening – it’s reasonable to conclude that two new superheroes will make the jump to the big screen in Phase 3 (one in 2016, the other at an as-yet unspecified date in 2017).

Who might those two crime-fighters in question be? Well, Doctor Strange is all-but-confirmed, what with Feige continuing to name-drop the Sorcerer Supreme during interviews and those circulating rumors about what sort of actor Marvel wants to portray the character in his screen debut.

There’s also been a fair amount of rumor-mongering and talk about Black Panther being part of Phase 3 (for example, Stan Lee keeps implying that a Black Panther film is in development). However, Marvel’s co-president Louis D’Esposito recently alluded to T’Challa being a potential star for a Marvel One-Shot short film – meaning, a feature-length Black Panther movie is starting to seem more and more like something that’s not be in the cards for Phase 3 (or the near future in general).

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Inhumans, on the other hand, is a comic book property that has been part of the ongoing discussion since back before it was clear where Marvel would head post-Avengers. Furthermore, Feige has previously expressed his confidence that the relatively-obscure team of cosmic superheroes will become members of the MCU lineup in the foreseeable future (hint, hint), and one of the confirmed villains in Guardians of the Galaxy – Ronan the Accuser (being played by Lee Pace) – has a connection to the Inhumans’ leader, Black Bolt, as far as the comic book continuity is concerned.

Lastly, an Inhumans movie being released as part of Phase 3 would be in keeping with Feige’s desire to keep offering fans something new and fresh. The project would join Guardians of the Galaxy as one of the cosmic alternatives to the Earth-based MCU franchises (Captain America, Ant-Man), the half-Earth/half-cosmic nature of the Thor movies, and the possible new branch of superhero mysticism (Doctor Strange). We’ll see, of course.


Thor: The Dark World opens in U.S. theaters on November 8th, 2013, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017.

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  1. 1. Samuel jackson wants to be in marvels agents of shield but he has been
    told no.
    2. Marvel would rather do a one shot test on black panther then give him the
    due he deserves at box office theater.
    3. For whatever reason war machine has been reduced to an inept man that
    cant hangon to dangerous weaponized armor.

    • 1. You whine about everything Marvel does.
      2. That’s lame.

    • 1. No, nowhere has it been said that he wont. And we already know Cobie will make an appearance. It was just something brought up in an interview with him, nothing official was stated.
      2. Again, not official, and even if he gets a one shot, it doesn’t mean he wont get a movie. But with how much they can do a year it’d obviously be awhile, regardless of a one shot. If anything that can get his character in the universe quicker.

    • 1. Nobody said no, he just said “I don’t know”
      2. Marvel said they have “considered” one shots as a means to introduce some characters. One of the name “considered” on that list is Black Panther… and that happened long time ago.
      3. Because he is NOT the main character of the movie, he’s just a supporting role. Plus, you do know that Don Cheadle has a busy work schedule, right?

      • AVG, work schedule has nothing to do with it because when an actor is signed on to a role, it is his responsibility to be committed to a role during the shooting. That’s why actors choose movies/roles to commit to, not singular days. If it’s acknowledged that he had a ridiculously small role, then combined with everything else out there, it’s a recurring issue.

        • Actually, some studios (not all) can be pretty flexible and accomodate actors with busy work schedules, especially if they are an actor that they really want in their movie/tv show.

          While they won’t delay production for them, its not unheard of for studios to plan shooting schedules around the main actors’ other responsibilities.

          Just because an actor is busy does not mean that they will not be fully committed to the role while they are there.

    • 1. You do tend to be negative about a lot of things
      2. But this time you’re dead-on right.

      I didn’t know about Samuel Jackson and haven’t seen Ironman III yet, but I’ve been having the same thoughts about Black Panther. He’s literally THE black superhero, and a big, relatively well-known one too, who we can be proud of and [especially] black kids can look up to. I would love to see the day where black kids can dress up like their favorite hero, and still feel like they’re that hero when they take the mask off. We can’t do that with Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Wolverine.

      And yet he keeps getting shuffled further and further back as Marvel lauds themselves for bringing increasingly obscure characters into the limelight. This is getting really ridiculous.

      • I totally agree. Any significant characters of color are mainly secondary in Marvels decision making process. Not to mention Disney ( the parent) has a long history of neglecting the use of characters of color.

    • A one-shot would be an interesting, nay exciting way to introduce T’Chaka kicking ass on SHIELDs radar (maybe something to do with Cap’s shield, WW2 flashbak to even earlier Panther perhaps ?) so that the fandom gets a taste of how Black Panther will be but still allowing T’Challa to get his own movie later and not step on the origin story’s toes.

    • A one-shot would be an interesting, nay exciting way to introduce T’Chaka kicking butt on SHIELDs radar (maybe something to do with Cap’s shield, WW2 flashbak to even earlier Panther perhaps ?) so that the fandom gets a taste of how Black Panther will be but still allowing T’Challa to get his own movie later and not step on the origin story’s toes.

  2. Feige has also name dropped Luke Cage and Heroes for Hire many times so thats possible, and a GoG sequel could happen based on popularity

  3. Panther, Heroes for Hire, Inhumans, all probably gonna crest the horizen sooner or later. Just make sure avengers #3 (if not #2) feature Wasp and Goliath (Hank Pym)!

  4. Give me- Black Panther, Dr. Strange & Heroes for Hire, Inhumans could work too, but does anyone really want an Ant Man film? Unless it is a film detailing his creation of Ultron, but even then I do not think it would have mass appeal.

    • Go through the different forums on SR, and you’ll realize that A LOT of people want an Ant-Man movie.

  5. One thing I think will happen, is that a Black Panther movie is probably going to happen AFTER Dr. Strange, considering his power is a mix of magic and science. Marvel needs to dwelve into the world of magic first, before going with the combination of both. Plus, Guardians of Galaxy will likely get a 2nd movie, probably going to introduce more galactic villains like Korvac.
    And yes, I really want an Ant-man film, especially Hank because his psychological break down concerning using super power to battle villain will be a great spotlight.

    • YOu know what they’re going to do right? Have Avengers 3 be..

      Guardians of the Galaxy:
      Rocket Raccoon
      Drax The Destroyer

      and MAYBE
      Yondu and Adam Warlock/Nova)

      The Avengers:
      Iron Man
      Captain America
      and the Warrior’s Three?
      Black Widow
      and Wasp?
      Doctor Strange
      Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver


      Thanos + his army
      and/or the Collector / Ronan the Accuser*?

      *denotes that he may be in the team roaster for GOTG)

  6. These darn movis are so far off in the future, it seems silly to debate them. Honestly, all it would take would be a director falling ou here or a better story showing up there and some of these plans for 2015/16 are out the window.

    Please, Marvel… just give us a great Thor and Captain America sequels. I am still trying to wash out the bad taste in my mouth from Ironman 3, which was only saved by some great actors. Otherwise, it was just not good.

  7. Personally loved IM3

  8. I agree with you snowgator. IM3 was a total gang rape of the source material

    • Then you’d better prepare for The Avengers 2… they seem to have no mercy for the source material.

      I enjoyed Iron Man 3, but I had to take off my fangirl hat in order to do that. Granted, Stark is not my favourite Avenger, so it was a bit easier, although all the Pepper-extremis-butt-kicking stuff got a bit on my nerves.

      It’s going to be a lot harder for TA2: AoU since Pym is my favourite character.

  9. Iron Man 3 would have better served as a pre-Avengers movie a few years ago…….I have to agree with snowgator and yeti.

  10. I’m wondering why Ant-Man is the only confirmed movie for Phase 3, or rather, why they confirmed it so rapidly, and scheduled it so rapidly after Phase 2 wraps up with TA2. I mean, there was an entire year separating The Avengers (end of Phase 1) and Iron Man 3 (beg of Phase 2). But there will only be 5 months separating TA2 (end of Phase 2) and Ant-Man (beg. of Phase 3)…

    I know that’s what’s been announced, but I have a hard time getting it that Ant-Man is not part of Phase 2, considering there is only 4 movies in Phase 2 before the Avengers sequel, and GotG is a standalone movie (so they say). And now they won’t announce other movies for Phase 3 until next year… wierd…

    On the other hand, I can’t kid myself, there is no way that Phase 2 could conclude with the Ant-Man movie, so I suppose they know what they’re doing ;-)

  11. the phase 1 i like it and phase two star well in ionman 3,thor:the dark world,captain america:the winter soldier,guardians of the galaxy,the avengers:age of ultron, and phase 3 star will ant-man,doctor strange,blackpanther,thor 3,captain america 3,the avengers 3,inhuman,ironfist.

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  14. I really love Marvel Movies.Did you know that they will be launching their phase three this 2016?I have read an article about it. Check this out.
    And that new Black Panther character,what do you think about it?

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