In a recent interview with EW, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige talked about Marvel's various Phase 2 and 3 projects. Here's quick updates on all:
Guardians of the Galaxy
Feige says 'Guardians' takes place within the continuity of the other movies, but "it's on the other side of the universe". The aim is to do a big "space movie".
He adds: "It's a huge story on a massive canvas. We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way."
Thor: The Dark World
Feige says "Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor has brought a more Tolkein-esque vibe to the upcoming sequel:
"Alan is bringing a grittier, more visceral, more textured patina to the designs of the worlds, and to Asgard in particular. It's less to chase either Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings -- because you're not going to catch up. But part of the fun of Thor over the other characters is he doesn't have to stay on Earth. We visit a few of the other realms in this new movie."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Feige says: "Cap does stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has nowhere else to go. But he's not necessarily comfortable there. Just as he's given permission to let go of the past and to focus on the modern world… a ghost comes up.”
Said ghost is The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), concept art of which can be seen above. Other key players are Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and S.H.I.E.L.D veteran Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).
Feige also says: "With the greatest generation in World War II, there's a tendency to reflect on that period and say. ‘Things were black and white back then, and now it's hard to know who the bad guys are. We wanted to play on that a little with Cap being uncomfortable with the way S.H.I.E.L.D., and in particular Nick Fury, operates. Fury certainly rides a line, sort of rides the shadows. He has, I think, lied to every character in every movie, though always for seemingly for the good.”
Shooting is set for next year, while casting still has yet to be locked down. Feige says:
"Towards the end of this year, we'll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar [Wright, director]. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics but is putting his own spin on it, so we'll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”