Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks THE AVENGERS 2, DOCTOR STRANGE, and More

     March 6, 2013


In addition to recently talking about Iron Man 3, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also spoke about Phase Two and Phase Three of the upcoming Marvel Movies.  First, he talked about how Phase Two and The Avengers 2 will be about taking these characters deeper.  Speaking to SFX Magazine, Feige says “Almost whatever the heck else is happening is gravy in that franchise, because all I care about is Bruce and Tony, Tony and Steve, Widow and Bruce – and how Thor fits into it, because he’s always the outsider amongst outsiders. So I think that’s where the value lies. And going deeper amongst those characters in those relationships.”  So it looks like when we finally come back around to The Avengers in 2015, we’ll be seeing the same team but with a different mood based on what happened to the characters earlier in Phase Two.

However, we might be seeing some new members on the team as well.  Hit the jump for more including what we might see from Doctor Strange.

avengers-movie-posterContinuing on about The Avengers 2, Feige tells SFX that they like how the comics don’t simply have one set team of Avengers and how they might like to play with that idea when the next film installment comes around:

“I think it’s not a secret that Joss and I and all of us at Marvel think that part of the fun of Avengers is the rotating team, for sure [laughs].”

That doesn’t sound like a firm commitment to a rotating team, and of course the danger is in throwing in new characters where we have to pause and get acquainted with a new face.  Part of why The Avengers worked is that we don’t have to get know Loki, and I assume that we’ll be seeing Thanos again before he shows up in the Avengers 2 (probably in Guardians of the Galaxy).

Past The Avengers 2, audiences will want to keep an eye out for Doctor Strange.  Feige clarifies that just as Phase Two isn’t entirely about the cosmic, Phase Three isn’t entirely about magic (which is fairly obvious since Phase Three kicks off with Ant-Man, a scientist):

“I’m not looking at Phase One as grounded and Phase Two as cosmic and Phase 3 as magic. The films are all so eclectic and different from each other that you can’t overarchingly categorize them like that. If and when we enter the magic arena, it will be through Doctor Strange. Sure, obviously. And that’s to me what’s exciting about Doctor Strange.”

By the time we finally get around to Doctor Strange (2016 at the earliest), audiences will probably have seen so much from the Marvel Universe that magic should be no big deal as long the film is sure to establish the boundaries of the Sorcerer Supreme’s abilities.

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  • Rochi

    I’m curious, did you subscribe to the magazine or did your take my transcription from Comic Book Movie?

    • Sander

      That’s Goldberg for you: Original only when he’s singlehandedly bashing and spouting off a bunch of pointless shit with no real consistency about something that doesn’t remotely deserve criticism.

    • jack

      did you actually read the article or just the quotes….I’m not a Goldberg fan, but he clearly cited his source….and nothing written between the quotes is written on comicbookmovie…..don’t hate just to hate

      • Rochi

        I was the first to post quotes from the magazine, transcribing them myself. Amid my transcription, I purposely switched up a few things to see which site(s) would take the quotes without citing where they got them from (CBM). And there are things in here that Goldberg used that’s not actually from the magazine because of it. Surely this is bad journalism.

        I have no reason to “hate.” When I spend hours transcribing things, and they get picked up by bigger sites, I’d like to be credited.

  • Andrew

    Man, every time he talks I get a little sad. I don’t want a rotating team. Hopefully Whedon will come out and shut this one down too like he shut down planet hulk.

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  • Nate H

    He’s not wrong – I probably own at least a hundred Avengers comics and there are at least dozen to two dozen variations of the team. Add to that the hundreds of issues that I don’t own and you’ve got a pretty solid trend. The whole point is that heroes can become Avengers as the need and circumstances demand. The “Big Three” – Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor – typically stay on the team while the surrounding team rotates. I’d be fine with trading out Black Widow or Hawkeye for Dr. Strange and Ant-Man in Avengers 3. That would be awesome, I think.

  • Uh

    If by “eclectic” you mean formulaic and insipid, then I agree 100 percent.

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