by Brett White
Even though Phase Two of Marvel's film endeavors has just kicked off with the billion dollar blockbuster "Iron Man 3," speculation and anticipation is spreading well past the current set of films and into the still mysterious Phase Three. Entertainment Weekly managed to get a lot of information from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, with the head honcho commenting on every Marvel movie currently rumored to be in the works. The article is incredibly in-depth and worth a read.
The only sure thing about Marvel's Phase Three is Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man." The film's been greenlit for years, and Feige reveals that "Ant-Man" was actually partly responsible for the creation of Marvel Studios. After numerous meetings with studio executives unfamiliar with Marvel's lesser known characters who just could not grasp the concept of Ant-Man, Marvel decided it best to make their own movies (that first movie? "Iron Man").
"Do you know why we became our own studio?" he told EW. "Because those are the conversations we used to have with studio execs. And they were very frustrating."
Beyond "Ant-Man," though, Marvel's Phase Three is wide open for new characters to emerge. Two of those characters seem to be at the center of constant rumors: Dr. Strange and Black Panther. Neither is 100% confirmed, but "Dr. Strange" seems to be at least 95% of the way there.
"I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he's a great character," says Feige. "He's a great standalone character. He's got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven't done yet. There's a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven't ever touched on. So I think that's exciting."
The article mentions that there are constant Black Panther rumors because both fans and Marvel higher-ups are passionate about the project.
When it comes to "Runaways," Feige didn't have much progress to report, other than the fact that Drew Pearce's fantastic script helped him get the job co-writing "Iron Man 3."
"It's a matter of where it fits," says Feige. "The way the business is working now, you either have really inexpensive, sort of surprise movies that can come out and be hits, but don't cost much. Or you have the big giant summer blockbusters that really swing for the fences. Right now, we're just swinging for the fences every time. Runaways sort of falls in between those, in a way. We just havent found where or how to do it... right now... I'd love to do it someday."
But will someday ever come? Sigh...
The expansive article also goes into detail about the status of "Iron Man 4," a Mark Ruffalo-led "Hulk," "Inhumans," and the fate of all the properties that recently reverted back to Marvel (Ghost Rider, Punisher, Daredevil and Blade). How I see it, a lot of these characters could fit right in on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It's not the size of the screen that matters, just whether or not we ever see a decent version of Daredevil.
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