‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Lead Marvel’s Phase Three

Marvel Studios has a lot in store for fans with their wave of Phase Two films: “Iron Man 3″ and “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, and “The Avengers 2″ in 2015.

But Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” sequel isn’t the only Marvel Studios release scheduled for 2015. In November of that same year, the world will finally see Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man,” long-rumored but now on the fast-track towards reality as the official start of Phase Three.

“’Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige told MTV News during our recent interview. “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 continued. “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.”

Indeed, “different corners” appears to be a theme of Marvel’s third phase. “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,” said Feige. “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.”

Could the oft-rumored “Doctor Strange” be a part of those plans?

“’Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them,” he confirmed. “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.”

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