According to Slash Gear on Jan. 27, 2013, president of Production at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, confirmed the two new Marvel movies, "Ant Man" and "Doctor Strange". Characters that some Marvel fans may have overlooked as youngsters.
Ant Man's technical confirmation was stated by Feige in 2012, but only if director Edgar Wright would be at the helm. That being said, Feige's made a second confirmation since Edgar Wright's presence now will be in the director's chair. That being said for those fans of "Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz", and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World", rejoice for the "Ant Man" release in 2014.
Later, Feige was asked who would be up next in the running. He basically confirmed two things at once by stating that one wouldn't have to "look too far to guess". And followed that up with, "Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them".
Marvel Phases: What are they?
In an article by I Am Rogue, the Marvel movie phases are discussed. Phase one was basically consisted of the launch of "The Avengers". It was directed by Jon Favreau and grossed at the theaters at a whopping $1.5 billion.
Moving on to the next phase would be "Iron Man 3", this time not directed by Favreau, but will be taken over by Shane Black. The story focuses more on Tony Stark, himself. A stand alone movie, if you will. It brings Stark back to the time in "Iron Man" where he was held captive in the caves of the Middle East where he was vulnerable and helpless, relying on the basics for survival and his journey to freedom.
“I would say that the exercise of this film [Iron Man 3] is very much standalone, more so than any ‘Iron Man’ film since the first one. But because we are in Phase Two and we’re heading towards another ‘Avengers’ movie, there’s certainly a road that’s being paved — you just might not notice it…While you’re driving on the road, not knowing where it’s going, you might not realize that there are road signs and signals and lane changes that we’re setting up now — they might not be readily apparent the first time you see the movie…In this one, it has less to do with any sort of larger S.H.I.E.L.D. or cosmic overlay, but much more about Tony, his frame of mind, his viewpoint and the things he wants to pursue".
Finally, "Ant Man" launches as the introductory movie into phase three. Feige cements this affirmation as well.
‘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".
Content about the timeline in which the Marvel Movie Universe unraveled is available on Marvel.com's website.