Kevin Feige updates on the Marvel Phase Three films
The stage is set and the pieces are in place for the next collection of Marvel Studios movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and theyâ€™re prepared to hit the ground running with Captain America: Civil War this May, but after that come even more offerings with new corners of the world, and galaxy, set to be explored. Speaking with Empire (via CBM), Marvel Studios president and producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige opened up about the phase three films.
First up isÂ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.Â 2Â andÂ the different versions of the team from the source material.
â€œThereâ€™ve been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and weâ€™ll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie.â€
On Thanos and his presence, or lack thereof, in the â€œGuardiansâ€ sequel, Feige said.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t look too hard in that movie for Thanos. The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It will be, â€˜Oh, thatâ€™s why theyâ€™ve been teasing this villain for five years!â€
On the size of the upcoming Spider-Man movie, which has been teased as being â€œsmallerâ€ for some time.
â€œSmaller scale is all relativeâ€¦.Itâ€™s going to be as big and spectacular a Spider-Man film as has ever been made. But itâ€™s a Peter Parker story and has more opportunity to be focused on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school.â€
Regarding Thor: Ragnarok, Feige said that fans shouldnâ€™t take that title to be a literal adaptation of the Norse apocalypse and that as fans have desired for so long, there will be very little Earth.
â€œI donâ€™t think people will read into that title alone [regarding] what the movieâ€™s going to be. Itâ€™s going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the first Captain America. We want to take it to new places, weâ€™ve got new characters that will show how big weâ€™re swinging on this. And we have a Hulkâ€¦ The film takes place within the cosmos primarily, which is to say, frankly, very little Earth.â€
Finally, Feige spoke about Black Panther, which will star Chadwick Boseman in the title role and feature aÂ â€œprimarily African-American cast,â€ and have a connection to Avengers: Infinity War.
â€œThis one is important,â€Â Feige said.Â â€œItâ€™s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of Tâ€™Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. Tâ€™Challaâ€™s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.â€
Marvelâ€™s Phase Three currently includesÂ Captain America: Civil War onÂ May 6, 2016,Â Doctor Strange onÂ November 4, 2016,Â Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 onÂ May 5, 2017, theirÂ Untitled Spider-Man Film onÂ July 28, 2017,Â Thor: Ragnarok onÂ November 3, 2017,Â Black Panther onÂ February 6, 2018,Â Avengers: Infinity War Part I onÂ May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp onÂ July 6, 2018,Â Captain Marvel onÂ March 8, 2019,Â Avengers: Infinity War Part IIÂ on May 3, 2019, andÂ Inhumans onÂ July 12, 2019,Â withÂ three untitled Marvel Studios films set toÂ premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.