‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Confirmed as Marvel Phase III Movies

Producer Kevin Feige speaks about director Edgar Wright's vision for ‘Ant-Man’, and how ‘Doctor Strange’ is unlike anything in Marvel's upcoming slate.
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‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Confirmed as Marvel Phase III Movies

Marvel confirms Ant-Man and Doctor Strange will be a part of Phase III Marvel Studios kicks off Phase II of its movie slate this summer with Iron Man 3, followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and closing out with The Avengers 2 in 2015. The studio is not wasting any time with the next phase of their development slate, with producer Kevin Feige confirming that Ant-Man will be the first movie in Phase III.

"Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three. 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 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."

We reported in October that Ant-Man was given a November 6, 2015 release date. Kevin Feige also teased how the beloved Phase I characters will be evolving in new and intriguing ways throughout Phase II.

"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. 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."

When pressed what other characters are being developed for Phase III, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange is one of them.

"Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. 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."

Ant-Man was released July 17th, 2015.

Doctor Strange comes to theaters November 4th, 2016.

Sources:MTV

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  • undeadslayer4 • 3 years ago

    nice more marvel character cant wait to see them

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    • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

      @masterofthemoon Yes that is true, unless he makes an unexpected cameo in The Avengers 2.

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      • masterofthemoon • 3 years ago

        @themoviefanatic Because the Ant-Man movie will be made after Avengers 2!

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        • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

          @masterofthemoon I don't see why Ant-Man and Wasp wouldn't be in the Avengers 2.

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          • skywise • 3 years ago

            @ginnilo All those characters you mentioned - the rights are owned by Fox. If it has anything to do with mutants...Fox owns it. Fantastic Four...Fox.

            I agree that Fox give those rights up but there is no way they will do that. They are hanging on for dear life.

            @ejk1 Your right about Blofeld, I forgot about that. But the point I was getting at is that the movies worked well as stand-alone adventures. You dont have to watch the 60's - 70's Bond's to enjoy the latest installment.

            However, going in to the Avengers, it is quite helpful to have seen the previous phase I movies.

            But ya, if people want to see more movies in their favorite franchise who cares what anyone else thinks. F*ck all! Thats my motto.

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            • ejk1 • 3 years ago

              @skywise Slightly disagree with you on Bond. With the exception of Goldfinger, the Connery films (and Lazenby's) were all connected by SPECTRE and Blofeld. The Moore films only occasionally referenced that thread (the two that come to mind are The Spy Who Loved Me and the beginning of For Your Eyes Only). Plus, it wasn't until the end of the Dalton Era (error?) that Bond received an extended break. 16 films, not including Never Say Never Again and 1967's Casino Royale, were made from 1962-89. That meant a Bond film was released slightly less than every two years apart. The breaks came because the writers had no idea where to go, and the audiences were bored. Your point about Marvel continuing only if audiences continue to go see them is spot on, but that leads directly to my point of these companies, not just Marvel, boxing themselves into limited series prospects. Why should something successful end after three films when crap gets made into, oh how many Friday The 13th's are there? Or Step Up's? People can bitch and moan about Transformers 4, Pirates 5, or Avengers Phase 3,4,and 5 if they want, but I'm not gonna do that. If these films make people go to the theater for the spectacle, I say great. And as long as people are willing, keep them coming.

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              • shuabert • 3 years ago

                It's a good week to be a geek.

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                • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                  "Doctor Strange was mentioned in The Amazing Spiderman and in Raimi's first Spiderman film.

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                  • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                    Oh Marvel you are my joy and my ever lasting friend. Yippy Ky ya

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                    • ginnilo • 3 years ago

                      Why ant man? There are better and more exciting superheroes in the Marvel universe. Silver Surfer, X-Factor characters, Gambit, Human Torch, etc. Oh well......

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                      • masterofthemoon • 3 years ago

                        Love to see who gets cast as these guys! Also need to se Ant-Man in the Avengers too! Hope Wasp comes along for Ant-Man!

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                        • skywise • 3 years ago

                          @bawnian-dexeus@ejk1 As far as Marvel backing off a bit to let the franchises breathe..I think it will all come down to money. IF the public continues to shell out their hard earned cash, they will continue doing what they do.

                          Talking about bond is a bit different because the stories (until recently) never really overlapped. There was no real cohesion except the same actors played the parts. But even 007 took a few years off here and there. Most notably after License to Kill and Die another Day. The character is viable though and the producers know that. He is constantly being updated for the current generation although there has been a lot of ups and downs in the series the movies can easily be adapted for modern audiences.

                          Marvel knows their business and I forsee them taking similar actions with their properties but I dont have that kind of faith in Fox or the other companies holding Marvel licenses. It seems they are just looking to make a quick buck and will dump a franchise at the first sign of nonprofit. Or continue rebooting, telling the same sotires over and over. That is the sort of thing that will turn audiences away.

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                          • vampire2000 • 3 years ago

                            Bad ASS! Love Doctor Strange, and I was really f*cking hoping that they'd bring him into the picture with Phase II or Phase III. A little bummed that it'll be a few years 'till we get to see where they go with him, but if it's as epic as everything we've been given in the cinematic universe so far, then I'm more than willing to wait. As far as Ant-Man is concerned, I don't know too much about the character, so I'll stand by Marvel, since so far they've done nothing to deter me from the Avengers world. Here's looking forward to the next three or four years!

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                            • nicolas-bello • 3 years ago

                              Great!

                              yamao.deviantart.com/gallery/24017723?offset=24#/d1p3xis

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                              • Roberto-Mata • 3 years ago

                                @bawnian-dexeus Good Point

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                                • Bill-Louis • 3 years ago

                                  MARVEL ROCKS AGAIN!!!!!!

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                                  • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                    @ejk1 On another related note, I'm surprised Strange isn't part of the Thanos phase. No doubt you'll tell me why eventually, but after you recommended me Infinity Gauntlet, I was kind of expecting him to be part of phase 3

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                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                      @ejk1 Gotcha

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                                      • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                                        My nerd boner cannot get anymore erect than it currently is. Was kind of wishing Strange would get in earlier in the mix but better late than never. He's always been one of my favorites. Hopefully MARVEL ends Phase III as big and memorable as possible!

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                                        • ejk1 • 3 years ago

                                          @bawnian-dexeus I get what you're saying about weariness, but really, what are we talking about here? Marvel's 3 films in a year, tops? Out of how many films every year? 100? 200? It's really a small percentage. We shouldn't penalize Marvel, or expect Marvel to penalize itself, because its films are generally received positively by the public.

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