In advance of Ant-Man opening in theaters, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revisited the dramatic path toward bringing the pint-sized hero to the big screen. We have some choice information from that particular walk down memory lane here, but Feige also had quite a bit to say about the future of Marvel movies. Not only did he address the slight shifts to their slate of Phase Three films thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s Spider-Man movies, but he also commented on the potential for more character cross-overs between cinematic universes. Feige also answered the question of just how close the studio is to selecting directors for its Black Panther and Captain Marvel films, and commented on just how soon we might see the first female director take the helm.
In an interview with THR, Feige laid out some more particulars, staring with the Phase Three schedule shift and the shooting layout for their upcoming films:
You laid out the framework for Phase Three in October – how much room do you give yourself to move it around?
FEIGE: Well, we already shifted once. Spider-Man wasn’t part of that announcement when we made it in October. So there’s always room to shift. But since we shifted the release dates a couple of months ago when the Sony agreement was announced, that’s the plan we’re very much headed toward, with Civil War being the first part of that. We go into production on Doctor Strange in November. The next Guardians of the Galaxy starts shooting around February of next year. The Spider-Man film soon after that. The third Thor film right about the same time. And we’re already beginning to prep: We’ve announced the writers and directors [Anthony and Joe Russo] for Avengers: Infinity War 1 and 2.
Since news of Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans have wondered whether or not there was a possibility for more shared-universe crossovers:
So some of your Marvel characters will show up in the Sony Spider-Man movies?
FEIGE: Specifics of the story aside, the agreement that has been made between Sony and Marvel is that we could do that.
Last but not least, Feige’s update on the progress of finding directors for what should amount to be Marvel’s most progressive films to date:
How far away are you from picking directors for Black Panther and Captain Marvel?
FEIGE: I think by the end of the summer, we’ll have most of those things. Black Panther especially.
Would you have liked to have had a woman director on one of these movies by now?
FEIGE: I think it will happen sooner rather than later, without giving too much away. But you look back sometimes, and it’s just the nature of this industry, or the nature of the culture. But there’s a big shift happening. What’s exciting about Marvel, go back and look at the source material: It’s been diverse in a cutting-edge way going back to the ’60s, and I think we’ve represented that effortlessly and accurately in the movies we’ve made up to this point, but certainly with Black Panther and Captain Marvel doing it in a much more overt and purposeful way.
Ava DuVernay has been mentioned as a director for Black Panther. Is she under consideration?
FEIGE: We’ve met with her for sure. We’ve met with a number of people for a number of movies. She has been one of them.