The second 'Phase' of Marvel's ambitious film plans begins with "Iron Man 3" in May, and Kevin Feige recently spoke with SFX about the even larger and more 'cosmic' scale of some of the upcoming films in this next batch:
"['Thor: The Dark World'] and the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' film certainly are cosmic. 'Guardians' and 'Thor' will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly 'Guardians,' which is 95% in space.
['Guardians' is] much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we've been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in 'Guardians,' but the Avengers are not involved with what's happening out there at this time.
On the flip side, those not heading into space will turn more inward and explore other genres:
"I think 'Iron Man 3' shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. Shane Black's described 'Iron Man 3' as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot.
We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a '70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a '40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.' I love that we're doing a sequel to a film that's a completely different genre than the first film. I think that's fun. And the comics do it all the time."