You didn’t think Marvel was going to let you off the hook that easily, did you? Nope, the comic book company is already planning Phase Three of its sprawling media empire. Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? It’s not! We promise.
Phase One began with “Iron Man” and culminated in “The Avengers.” Similarly, Phase Two just kicked off with the release of “Iron Man 3″ and will end after a total of five movies with 2015′s “The Avengers 2.” Even though Marvel is still knee-deep in Phase Two, studio prez Kevin Feige gave EW a very early preview of what’s coming down the pipeline.
Feige said, “I’d say 99 percent of our time right now is purely spent on Phase Two… It’s five colossally giant motion pictures that we have to produce. So that’s taking up the time. But within the next year or so we’ll start the advanced planning for post-’Avengers 2.’”
The Marvel honcho was fairly forthcoming for details on movies that are still in their nascent stages. We do know that Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” is a sure thing, and “Doctor Strange” is “one of the prime candidates.” We all know that “Iron Man 4″ would go over like gangbusters, but also that Robert Downey Jr. is still in talks over his part in the future of Tony Stark. “Black Panther” is still just a hope and a dream, though eagle-eyed writers have noted that Marvel might be filming some of “The Avengers 2″ in Cape Town, a hint that, followed to conclusion, leads some to believe that BP could be a new recruit. The rest of the Marvel cast of characters — Daredevil, Ghost Rider, zombies, and so on — are either very unlikely or still in the wishful thinking stages.
But what about The Hulk, you say? Feige told EW, “Mark [Ruffalo] could stand in his own movie. … We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie?’”
We’ve got a few years to find out.