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"Dr. Strange," "Ant-Man" Lead Marvel Phase 3

By Garth Franklin Friday January 25th 2013 09:37PM

The second 'phase' of the grand cinematic plans of Marvel Studios has not yet begun, but head honcho Kevin Feige is already planning ahead. Feige recently spoke with MTV News about what lies beyond - Phase Three.

Feige says thinks will kick off with Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" in November 2015:

"'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... 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."

The other certainty is the long-promised "Doctor Strange" movie:

"'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."

The second 'phase' starts with "Iron Man 3" this May and concludes with "The Avengers" sequel in May 2015. Regarding the third "Iron Man," Feige says that it will pave some roadwork towards the "Avengers" sequel, however it won't be anywhere near as obvious or prevalent as it was in the second "Iron Man" film.

"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.

Source: MTV News

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