'Ant-Man' & 'Doctor Strange' Confirmed as Part of Marvel's Phase Three

January 25, 2013
Source: MTV

Ant-Man / Dr. Strange

We've been hearing about Marvel bringing lesser known characters like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange to the big screen for years with little to no development. Thankfully, this year's Comic-Con brought news and test footage of Edgar Wright's take on the pint-sized superhero with a release scheduled for November of 2015. Now we have a little bit more of a frame for these new Marvel films and how they fit in with the cinematic universe as Kevin Feige talked to MTV and revealed that Ant-Man is the start of Phase Three and that Doctor Strange will definitely be one of the other new characters being introduced in that phase.

Feige talked about Ant-Man and how it stands on its own but also ties in with their universe:

"'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.

I've known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004. He asked me what Marvel was doing with 'Ant-Man' — we weren't even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! 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."

Does that mean Phase Three won't have any major ties to our characters in The Avengers? After all, these characters start to get a little more cosmic and strange (no pun intended), so they might not fit in as well with the superhero ensemble. Plus, the roster for The Avengers can only be so big before the films start to feel bloated. However, the way Feige talks about Phase Three and even Phase Two, it sounds like The Avengers might evolve to allow for the more outlandish comic book elements from other stories to come through in the Marvel cinematic universe. Feige says:

"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. '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."

It sounds like Marvel is going to be even more bold in the coming years by giving the spotlight to their lesser known characters and having The Avengers give them a bit of a boost. At this point, if a film is going to be part of this big Marvel universe, fans are probably going to have quite a thirst for these new heroes. However, much of that success will depend on the directors bringing them to the big screen. If unique and gifted names like Edgar Wright can board these project and give them a style all their own, this should work out just fine. What do you think about Ant-Man and Doctor Strange movies in Phase Three?

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  • sbsb
    mike white for doctor strange director
  • sbsb
    Potential Directors for Doctor Strange Mike White Rian Johnson Jonathan Dayton Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Cody W
      Honestly any super hero movie by Johnson or Anderson sounds pretty damn good. There are so many amazing directors out there whos style fits with the super model so well. I say this as "nolanite" but marvel really needs to get JUST A BIT darker with there movies.
      • sbsb
        yess they do. we will hopefully see that in the form of black's iron man 3 and taylor's thor 2 tdw
    • I think Guillermo would be a perfect fit. Esepcially with all the crazy monsters/demons
    • conradthegreat
      P.T. Anderson.....maybe in a different life
    • Pjames
      Doctor Strange is quiet the complex character."Steve Ditko contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality. Dr. Strange's adventures take place in bizarre worlds and twisting dimensions that resembled Salvador Dalípaintings." PTA would be able to tap into the surrealistic complexity vis his cinematic skills portrayed in films like "the master" and punch drunk love.
  • Stavi
    Potential actors for the Sorcerer Supreme? Jim Caviezel That is all. Watch the latest Count of Monte Cristo and you'll see!
  • yo know I'd like to see a cinematic take on nova i think he would be a nice addition to phase 2 and even a future team up with GOTG
    • Skab
      Yes, we need Nova, and he needs to be played by Timothy Olyphant.
  • si1ver
    Awesome! Love that they're adding a little flavor to the MCU. GotG, A-M, DS should all be different than any of the comic book movies we've seen yet. I'm interested to see these unusual/odd/out-of-the-way additions.
  • ogre
    love dr. strange! this is good news.
  • aesxrdctfvygb
    and still no deadpool
  • LosZombies
    Would have preferred Black Panther than Doctor Strange...
  • I've never really got into DR. STRANGE as a character... I think with the multitude of characters within the MARVEL Universe there are many others who would make a more action-packed blockbuster of a film. HEREOS FOR HIRE featuring IRON FIST and LUKE CAGE spring to mind and the H4H concept leaves things open for a broad roster of other MU characters to step in and out of the franchise.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Not a fan of Dr. Normal but I'll still go see it...
  • David Banner
    Slightly confused, I thought we were entering "Phase Two" with Iron Man 3, hehe. It would be nifty if you guys wrote a piece on Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three; to see what the progression has been. But maybe that is a large task? Ant-Man and Doc Strange are side characters, unless the BoxOffice tells us otherwise. I have no problems with them making 5+ Marvel movies a year, there's enough characters and great stories to pick from. I just wish the studios would grow up and do a co-op, as the Marvel characters are spread around. With 1 or more Marvel TV-series on the horizon, we'll see DOZENS of all our favorite side characters doing cameos and guest appearances. This will be great :) Actually, we get ca 5 Marvel movies a year now? OK, I have no problem with 10 Marvel movies a year :) Just don't forget about The Hulk.....
    • JBrotsis
      Seriously, please don't forget about The Hulk. It's funny, most the people I talked to prior to Avengers being released in theaters couldn't wait to see Hulk on the big screen again...and he totally stole the movie (in my opinion). Just because the last two weren't as great as they could've been (I really like edward norton's Hulk), keep Ruffalo on as the Hulk and do a World War Hulk vs Red Hulk...have him make a co op or extended cameo scene...just don't make us wait every 2-3 years to see him in action again when the Avengers group up again.
      • idk man...hulk is a difficult character to sell solo.
      • Cody W
        World war Hulk adaptation omg......awesome.
    • tra la la la la di da
      I agree with this. Love to see an article by JEREMY, on all the phases and his interpretation. Be a great read. Do it, do it now. Please!
  • quazimoto
    I'm more interested in seeing what Edgar Wright brings to the table than any of this news (has Wright made a bad movie yet? I can't think of one). I'm not a huge fan of Dr. Strange, or Ant Man, but when quality people get involved it definitely strikes a chord in the curiosity meter. Can't wait to see what Wright does with this.
  • Willie Wonker
    I also want to see.... NOVA on the big screen.... It has the potential to be so awesome!!!!! Also Black Panther.... Dr Strange sounds interesting though....
  • What about red hulk ?




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