Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Leads the Next Round of Sequels to 'Avengers 2'

October 16, 2011
Source: Bleeding Cool, THR

Iron Man

If it hasn't been obvious already, starting with Iron Man 2, the latest round of Marvel Studios movies have mostly been setups designed to lead us into The Avengers, which is finally arriving in theaters next May. While we just saw the first official trailer last week, Marvel made a stop at the New York Comic-Con this past weekend, and studio head Kevin Feige spoke about a few details regarding the future of the Marvel franchises. Bleeding Cool was the first to mention them, quoting that Feige said Iron Man 3 would be the first film "in the second phase of the Avengers initiative." Other sequels would follow from there.

THR also posted on the event, with a quote of their own. Feige "told fans that Marvel is currently already working on Iron Man 3, which is in pre-production and which he said 'will be the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this… saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2." Right, so it sounds like that means Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, maybe something else in there (Ant-Man? Dr. Strange? War Machine?), and then we'll get to The Avengers 2 - and this is all way down the line. IM3 is scheduled for May 2013, Thor 2 for November 2013, and Cap 2 doesn't even have a date but is likely 2014. So don't expect to see Avengers 2 until at least 2014 - and that's even if the first one does well next summer.

That said, it's always exciting to hear them speak about the future setup of movies we'll see. One of the Q&A questions asked about the tradition of teasing the next movie at the end of their current movie. "It's a nice tradition, and I like traditions, so I think we'll keep that up," Feige responded. Bleeding Cool took that as Feige confirming that "there's going to be a little teaser scene tucked away at the end, after the credits." I hope so - I love seeing those! But will the end of Avengers have a teaser for Iron Man 3 then? Feige did also confirm that Shane Black is directing the third movie, as we know they're already hard at work with RDJ.

If you want to read more on the footage/coverage from NYCC, head to THR, Bleeding Cool or The Playlist. I'm very excited to see The Avengers next summer and I'm just hoping that Joss Whedon has done a great job and made an awesome movie that lives up to the hype, at least that's what I'm expecting. In terms of a few other Marvel franchises, Feige did apparently say that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is in the works, but it will be standalone and probably won't tie into this Avengers series. Glad to see some updates from NYCC, and it sounds like the footage was awesome. We'll keep you updated on Avengers and beyond.

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Black Panther movie please. He is also an Avenger.

ur_babys_daddy on Oct 16, 2011


Damn. I was looking forward to all these sequels just being standalone movies, not more avengers shoe horning

Anthony on Oct 16, 2011


Finally, feelings that mirror my own. So far, I'm quite worried about future of Iron Man.

Merc on Oct 16, 2011


I'd really like to see a new stand alone Hulk film. Also, IM3 has a release that is what, a year and a half away? Is that going to be easy to pull off schedule wise? I don't know, I just feel like I'd rather the date be pushed back a bit as opposed to rushing the film.

Chris_G on Oct 16, 2011


There not rushing it they have been working on it for a while

Dwhenny on Apr 25, 2012


Getting kinda over Iron Man, lets see some of the other characters in a movie. Already 2 Iron Man movies out and the Avengers might as well be call Iron Man and co. Iron Man 1 was really great and fresh, 2 was same old and seemed like a money crap to fund the Avengers now 3, hope it's something better then another guy making another suit trying to take on Iron Man. I think I want to see a Hulk movie done right first for once without all the politics involved.

TK on Oct 16, 2011


You've seen The Avengers to know it is Iron Man and co?

Guest on Oct 16, 2011


I've read a bit of the script and have seen the plot details for the movie. Believe me when I say it is very Iron Man and Co. 

TK on Oct 16, 2011


I'm not doubting you if you've truly read the script, but please be wrong. We already know tony's cocky attitude, but please let it be a team movie (though we all know hulk isn't gonna get much credit like he should). I bet they're gonna pull the card of ruffalo being like "oh i don't want to get mad, i need to control my anger", and so he holds back the whole movie till the very end where he snaps and then we finally get to see the hulk, but in the last 15 mins of the movie. Am i in the ball park, since you've "read" the script?

JBrotsis on Oct 17, 2011


Don't worry I trust Marvel and I'm sure that I will be wrong seeing as they are continually rewriting and making things work.

TK on Oct 17, 2011


If they plan on doing a second phase with the individual standalones leading into the second avengers (and say they plan to do that with the third avengers)...GEEEEZZZZ, its gonna be like watching and waiting for the entire Star Wars series to come 20 years!! I've loved the standalones and the extra juicy teasers at the end of the credits, but come on! I'm afraid by that time there will be 4 or 5 IM's and though he's a great character to watch, I think his story may run dry.  I agree though, that they should make a new hulk with ruffalo to show how well his acting can do in the film. (though i did like the edward norton film and the eric bana was probably the best actor for the hulk, in general).  I just hope...I beg...that the first avengers will be so breathtaking and great that it'll make us all not care how long it takes the make the sequel and look forward to the standalones. Fingers crossed.

JBrotsis on Oct 17, 2011


Whatever happens,  Happens.

Posthuman on Oct 17, 2011


Bring in The Punisher to sort them out.

Crom on Oct 17, 2011


It would be cool if the Spider-man reboot gets incorporated into Avengers2, and maybe an X-men reboot in the mean time?  I love everything Marvel's been doing lately, in my opinion the more the merrier.

Darth Gremlin on Oct 17, 2011


There are many Avengers allies and villains that aren’t in this film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

Kimberley Walsh on Oct 17, 2011


Meh.  I still feel that Marvel sacrificed the quality of its previous films to make The Avengers happen, and I'm not particularly thrilled that they're set to try it again.  Eventually, people are going to get tired of this formula of putting out films that are merely set-ups for a gigantic team-up film.

Christohper Exantus on Oct 17, 2011


I hope that they can explain to someone like me who do not know who or what war machine is  I have not read alot of comics but thus far X men seems close   so how about iron man

ferroussphinx on Feb 7, 2012

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