Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently talked to SFX Magazine about all things Marvel. He discussed the anticipation of Iron Man 3 and how it will lead into phase two of Marvel cinematic plan. He talks a little bit about Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2. A lot of these movies seem to include storylines that expand into the the cosmic realm of Marvel's universe. When asked if "cosmic" would be a fair description of Phase 2 Feige said,
I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film 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. 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. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. 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.
Feige is then asked if Guardians Of The Galaxy will "prove as integral to Avengers 2 as each Avenger’s solo film," to which he replied,
I would say that it does not. It’s 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.
I absolutely love what Marvel is doing with these characters, they have been doing some great things. They've created such an awesome cinematic universe for these characters, and I'm so excited to see the adventures they take us on next!