Kevin Feige on AVENGERS 2 Roster and Introducing Magic in Phase 3
There's some great things coming from Marvel and Marvel President Kevin Feige recently talked to SFX Magazine about their Cinematic Universe and where it's going. Phase 2 of the plan seems like it's going to be more in the cosmic realm of the universe. Even though he previously reassured that "cosmic" wouldn't really be a fair description of Phase Two, Feige was asked whether "magic" would be a good description of Phase 3 to which he replied,
I’m not looking at Phase One as grounded and Phase Two as cosmic and Phase 3 as magic. The films are all so eclectic and different from each other that you can’t overarchingly categorize them like that. If and when we enter the magic arena, it will be through Doctor Strange. Sure, obviously. And that’s to me what’s exciting about Doctor Strange.
I seriously can't wait for Doctor Strange to finally happen! Phase 2 of Marvel's plan will end with The Avengers 2, and Phase 3 will begin with Ant-Man in late 2015. I really hope that's the phase we finally see Strange. When asked about director Joss Whedon’s recent statement to “go deeper, not bigger” with The Avengers 2, Feige said...
I don’t know exactly what he meant when he said “deeper”. But, similar to Iron Man 3, we’re not saying, “Now it’s gotta be even bigger and more aliens come and there’s a giant monster!” The most exciting thing to us about the Iron Man franchise is Tony Stark and his journey. The most exciting thing to us about the Avengers franchise is the interaction amongst those characters. It’s putting them in situations that you wouldn’t expect to see them in. It’s that kind of fun; and the relationships between the characters in the Avengers, which I loved. Almost whatever the heck else is happening is gravy in that franchise, because all I care about is Bruce and Tony, Tony and Steve, Widow and Bruce – and how Thor fits into it, because he’s always the outsider amongst outsiders. So I think that’s where the value lies. And going deeper amongst those characters in those relationships.
We still know virtually nothing about what the next Avengers film will be about, but Feige and Whedon have both said that we can expect to see new Marvel characters added to the teams roster. So next time we see The Avengers on the big screen we could also end up seeing characters like Vision, Scarlet Witch, Giant-Man/Goliath, or Wonder Man.
I think it’s not a secret that Joss and I and all of us at Marvel think that part of the fun of Avengers is the rotating team, for sure [laughs].
Marvel has started something epic with their cinematic universe, and I really hope they can keep it up, make great entertaining movies, and keep fans happy. So far they are doing a great job! I'm excited to see what else they are planning!