Next summer, Marvel Studios will begin the release of part II of its phase III movies. “Iron Man 3” is coming out first, with a close runner up in “Thor: The Dark World.” Phase II also includes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with the final Marvel film due in 2015, “Avengers 2.” Phase II closes at the release of “Avengers 2” and Marvel jumps straight into phase III.
“Ant-Man” is the first film in production for the third phase of Marvel’s plan. Producer Kevin Feige confirms the introduction of “Ant-Man” as the first of the third phase;
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.
Feige also laughed about how the beloved phase one characters have evolved through phase one and into the second phase.
So much of the stories we’re telling now is about the core ‘Avengers’ characters we’ve now met. 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.”
Kevin Feige continued with his discussion of the characters being developed for phase three. He stated that Doctor Strange would be one of the characters coming in a film.
“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.
“Doctor Strange” is currently under development and “Ant-Man” is scheduled for a November 6, 2015 theatrical release. Nathan Fillion is being considered for the role of “Ant-Man.”