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Poor Kevin Feige. The Marvel Studios president, from now until … well, likely the end of time, has to drop vague hints about the possible directions of Marvel movies in Phase 2 and 3 for fanboys who are clamoring for any kinds of hints. What will happen to The Hulk? Will we see other Marvel heroes in future Avengers movies? The questions are endless!
And so, when Feige sat down with SFX Magazine (via Collider), he dropped a few interesting details about how Avengers 2 will play off of the standalone movies in Phase 2 involving Iron Man and Thor, as well as how the chemistry of team could be altered in future segments.
“Almost whatever the heck else is happening is gravy in [the Iron Man] franchise, because all I care about is Bruce [Banner] and Tony [Stark], Tony and Steve [Rogers], 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.”
When asked about how Doctor Strange and Ant-Man might factor in to versions of The Avengers on screen, Feige kept it unclear, stating, “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.” That means we might be able to see the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting alongside the Hulk and Hawkeye, but maybe not until Phase 3.
As for how the different phases of Marvel’s movies can be defined, Feige tried to clarify what fans might already have incorrectly assumed:
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.”
To us, also. We’re currently immersed in a very exciting time at Marvel, and while Feige’s unwilling to show all of his cards at the moment, his quotes show us that Marvel has a firm grip on the future of these franchises, and all we should do is sit back and enjoy the ride.