Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige Talks Phase Two; Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Will Be “95% in Space”

     March 4, 2013


While DC and Warner Bros. are still trying to figure out what to do with their superheroes, Marvel already has the path laid out for “Phase Two”: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Granted, all of the films except Guardians are sequels, but Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige says we shouldn’t be expecting more of the same.  Fans should anticipate new approaches, different sides of the characters, and trying to build it all to The Avengers 2.

Hit the jump for more.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie-logoSpeaking to SFX, Feige says different parts of Phase Two will cover different aspects of the expanding Marvel universe:

The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space.

It’s probably best to keep a movie in outer space when “of the Galaxy” is part of the title.  As for the other 5%, perhaps it deals with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) on Earth, because Feige says Guardians is going to be out there in more ways than one:

It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.

iron-man-3-posterMoving to the non-cosmic side of Phase Two, Feige explains that the tone of Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be different than what we saw in the previous films:

I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. [Director] Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”

This is the one of the reasons why Marvel has managed to be successful: risk-taking.  It would be easy to simply repeat the same adventures, and the weakest Phase 1 film, Iron Man 2, is the safest of the bunch because it doesn’t rethink the character in a challenging way.  Some fans may take a “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” approach, but you don’t make better movies that way.  I don’t know if the sequels will pan out, but I like the vision Feige is presenting for where Phase Two is headed.

Click here for all our Iron Man 3 coverage or browse recent coverage below:


Around The Web
  • rothgar

    Super super pumped for Guardians.
    Anyone who has an iPad should download some of the comics, they’re pretty great and really expand from the traditional superhero template of comics

    • capro

      Well, I’m excited for all the Phase 2 movies except Thor 2. When they have 60 years worth of amazing stories and characters and they start making up 2nd rate LotR cast-off as villains (Dark Elves and Snarls and Snow Trolls oh my!), then they lose me. What’s wrong with Hela, what’s wrong with the Enchantress going after Jane Foster and sending the Executioner to kill her? Why can’t I see Loki creating the Absorbing Man to fight Thor in Central Park? They have the luxury of introducing the most iconic Thor villains but instead they make a movie where he fights something called Kurse (which apparently is not a 90s member of Youngblood).

      • Convoy

        What are you talking about? Dark Elves are part of Thor’s world. They inhabit one of the seven realms. The Dark Elves in question were part of a Thor storyline in the past.

  • anthony

    Yes! Different genres for each sequel will keep things fresh.

  • tarek

    95% in space means 95% in CGI. ==> the Phantom Menace syndrome

    • Jesus

      First of all that correlation is bull unless you believe 95% of the movie are going to be exterior shots of spaceships and not, I don’t know, inside the spaceships where actual physical sets can be used heavily. However, it’s important to remember that CGI is only a problem when A) it’s done horribly and B) the human and physical elements aren’t enough and aren’t filmed well enough to anchor them with the non-CGI elements (the biggest problem in the films with the worst CGI integration). To bemoan CGI anymore is to be blissfully unaware of just how much even the basic cop show uses CGI for green screened scenes. CGI is completely mixed into the production of any film with a grand scope, whether it’s a war epic, a “grounded” Nolan Batman flick, or even a romantic comedy.

      • Tarek

        95% in the spaceship ? This is going to be a space sitcom.
        Putting aside Avatar, all the movies that used heavily the CGI were awful ( SW prequel, total recall remake, green lantern, etc)

  • Tim23

    Does anyone else feel like the main purpose of this movie might be to set up Thanos? You know, make a cosmic Marvel movie full of powerful, but disposable characters and then have Thanos absolutely decimate their squad. Perhaps even having several members die courageously in the prevention of some act of genocide by Thanos.

    I kinda hope it is so that the stakes for Avengers 2 can be significantly higher.

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s a fantastic idea! Thinking about it gets me pumped.

    • capro

      No, you know what truly intrigues me about all of this is the following:

      1. Thanos shows up in Avengers which was basically “Iron Man & Friends” but
      2. Two of the main characters in GotG have DIRECT ties to Thanos and
      3. There are rumors that Iron Man 3′s credits scene will feature IM in space and
      4. In the new GotG comic, Iron Man is a member of the GotG team.

  • LEM

    I think there will be more space in the theaters too.

    • tom


  • Ash

    95% in space to me means 95% not on earth. This means we might see them on other planets that are not earth as well. I get the impression this is going to be more JJ Abrams Star Trek than Star Wars Ep 1 which i seriously don’t mind at all. Star Trek had a good blend of humour and action, tied into a pretty epic space tale. Marvel’s intention is to show us the scope of the universe and possibly how some events that take place at the far reaches in space might eventually spill over into earth in the Avengers sequels. A possible foreshadowing of things to come like the Thanos Threat or whatevs.

  • Mike99

    I really didn’t know how Marvel could pull of Cosmic, but as a recent Doctor Who convert I wouldn’t mind of all they did was follow the basic cosmic Doctor Who template but pretty it up with a huge FX buget and then put some Marvel characters in it. Doctor Who showed me that you can pull off cosmic and still make it about the humans.

  • Tralfadore

    Please Marvel, Dr. Strange for phase 3!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah…..ANT MAN!!!!!!

  • cedartreeradar

    this man gets it.

  • Pingback: Kevin Feige talks Marvel Phase 2 | Musings of a Mild Mannered Man()

  • Pingback: IRON MAN 3 Images Featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow | Collider()

  • Pingback: Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Infinite Comics | Collider()

  • Pingback: Superhero Saturday: Marvel – ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ | The Fandom's GeekGirl()

  • Pingback: Kevin Feige Talks IRON MAN 3’s Surprising Love Triangle, Pepper Potts’ Role in the Story, and More | Collider()

  • Pingback: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer | Collider()

  • Pingback: IRON MAN 3 IMAX Poster. IRON MAN 3 Stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ben Kingsley | Collider()

  • Pingback: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer. THOR 2 Stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston | Collider()

  • Pingback: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Images. THOR 2 Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston | Collider()

  • Pingback: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Images. THOR 2 Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christopher Eccleston | Collider()