Marvel confirms Ant-Man and Doctor Strange as Phase Three films

Here’s the important thing about Marvel movies. They’re done in phases. The first was Phase One and included Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. Phase Two includes Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.

And now Phase Three is being planned with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Marvel boss Kevin Feige talked about the properties. He started off with Ant-Man, mentioning that it’s the least Marvel of the Marvel movies. That’s a great thing! It’s directed by Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and co-written with Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.

Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three. Like Iron Man 3, it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie. […] It’s very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.

This bodes well for Ant-Man. Think of a superhero with the tone of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. If you weren’t sold on Ant-Man before, you should be sold now.

It also looks like Phase Three will begin a new direction for Marvel. Namely, less reliance on Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Of course, these new movies will actually have to be hits for this to work.

So much of the stories we’re telling [right now] is about the core Avengers characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in Iron Man 3, as we get them all into the next Avengers film. Beyond that… Ant-Man is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.

And Doctor Strange is one of those new fancy characters.

Doctor Strange, which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited.

Doctor Strange has been rumored for years, so it makes sense that Marvel is willing to admit that a movie for him will probably be on the way. The whole thing about this Marvel Cinematic Universe though is that it has to sell. Iron Man was certainly a big hero, but no one thought his first film would become the hit it was. Even Thor got a huge box office. So the question for Marvel becomes: can they continue to deliver box office hits with their superhero films?

Are people going to line up and give Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange $30 million opening weekends at least? As long as they keep things fresh and excite audiences I think they’ll be fine. Although it seems inevitable that one of the characters they dream up for the big screen doesn’t catch the public’s interest. Though, honestly, I can’t wait for Marvel to get their hands back on X-Men and Spider-Man. [MTV News via /Film]

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