Feige Offers Marvel Phase Three Updates

Marvel’s third ‘phase’ kicks off on May with the release of “Captain America: Civil War” and, speaking with Empire for their 2016 preview issue, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened up about the various films in this phase:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
In regards to faithfulness and a potential Thanos appearance: “There’ve been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and we’ll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie… I wouldn’t look too hard in that movie for Thanos. The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It will be, ‘Oh, that’s why they’ve been teasing this villain for five years.'”

In response to comments about this being a much smaller, indie film like Spider-Man: “Smaller scale is all relative….It’s going to be as big and spectacular a Spider-Man film as has ever been made. But it’s a Peter Parker story and has more opportunity to be focused on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school.”

Thor: Ragnarok
The new film won’t have much Earth-based action: “I don’t think people will read into that title alone [regarding] what the movie’s going to be. It’s going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the first Captain America. We want to take it to new places, we’ve got new characters that will show how big we’re swinging on this. And we have a Hulk… The film takes place within the cosmos primarily, which is to say, frankly, very little Earth.”

Black Panther
There’s a big “Avengers: Infinity War” connection with this one: “This one is important. Not only do you get an unbelievable lead character, but you also get all of Wakanda which is a whole new setting and culture to explore. It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”