The Avengers not only became the biggest movie of 2012, but it also became the biggest live-action superhero film of all time -- completing Marvel's first phase of assembling "Earth's Mightiest Heroes".
It began with 2008's Iron Man, where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) created a suit of armor to battle evil and corruption, and concluded with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, where Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) became the world's first super-soldier as the old-fashioned symbol for freedom, liberty and justice against tyranny and oppression.
Now, Marvel starts its second phase with Iron Man 3 (May 3) and Thor: The Dark World (November 8), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014), the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014), and The Avengers 2 (May 1, 2015).
"It's very much an 'Ant-Man' origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish" Feige stated. "It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe], but a different corner than we've seen before.
Feige also spoke about the possibility of bringing Doctor Strange on the big screen.
"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 continued. "He's totally different from anything we've done before, as is 'Ant-Man', which keeps us excited".
For those of you not familiar, Dr. Strange was a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon who lost his hands in a car accident. Seeking to restore them, he went to Tibet in search of "The Ancient One", who trains him in the mystic arts to become his successor as the Sorcerer Supreme whose sole purpose is fighting the forces of darkness. Along with fellow "Avenger" Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Strange was one of the founding members of the superhero "non-team" known as the Defenders.