This week the president of Marvel has confirmed that two characters you, as an average everyday citizen, may have overlooked as a youngster are now headed for "Phase Three" of the Marvel-made (and Disney-owned) major motion picture saga. It's Ant-Man that'll be jamming forth with Doctor Strange somewhere in the mix as well. Not that these two fellows will be coming up in the same film necessarily, but that they're both on the docket without a doubt.
The confirmation for Ant-Man came back in 2012, technically, with Marvel's Kevin Feige confirming again with MTV this week that Ant-Man will only be made if director Edgar Wright can make it. And lucky you, this legendary man behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is indeed signed on for the Ant-Man movie for release in 2014. The Ant-Man movie being the only one of the "3rd" generation of Marvel movies at the moment, Feige was asked what characters would be up next.
Confirming two things at once, Feige noted that, "you probably don't have to look too far to guess" at which characters will be coming in the next wave of films, this referring to the Avengers-specific corner of the Marvel Comics universe. He went on to know that "Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them." He also added a quick note about how "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be just as "totally different from anything else we have [done]" as Doctor Strange will be and as Ant-Man eventually will be as well.
What we're expecting with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange is a couple of films (or, again, perhaps just one together, no matter how wild that would be), in which we're in the Marvel Comics Universe, but we're not necessarily on The Hulk's doorstep. When each of the new phases of the individual Avengers characters come forth over the next two years and the Avengers 2 movie appears in 2015, we'll quite likely be seeing both of these characters hinted at, if not seen in their first appearances entirely.
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[via The Verge]