“Doctor Strange” marks the second film in Marvel’s Phase Three plans with plenty more on the way between now and the phase’s end in 2019.
Speaking with Collider this week, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige says the company is already thinking ahead and have mostly figured out which films are coming in 2020 and beyond:
“We know what we’d like them to be for 2020. Over the years, where we’re aiming we’ve been lucky enough that it’s usually been the same thing but we always leave ourselves the opportunity to bob and weave and adapt if we have to. But we know where we’re headed for 2020 and we have ideas and were beginning to solidify the years beyond that.”
Feige confirmed there are ‘ten films’ in Phase Three starting with “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange”. That will continue on through “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4”.
Speaking about the back-to-back “Avengers” shoot, he confirmed the shoot will kick off in January and run through October/November. He was also asked about whether another installment in the “Captain America” film series would have to revolve around Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Feige replied:
“It’s a good question and if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is ‘no.’ I’m not saying we’ll do it in the movie but I’ve read Captain America comics that don’t have Steve Rogers in them.”
Then there’s the issue of Spider-Man. Actor Tom Holland says he’s unsure if his web-crawler character will appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” or the fourth film in that series, and Feige is playing coy but says the Sony partnership only helps matters:
“It is I would say that is part of the surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything one way or another… We’re figuring it out. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them [Sony] all the time about what could be fun for the future.”
Marvel’s all chummy with Sony, but sadly those hoping for a similar friendship between Marvel and Fox had better think again:
It’s the same as it has always been. I don’t want to attribute it as a frozen wasteland or anything like that. We all get along and I see them occasionally but there’s no change in any dynamic.”
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