‘Marvel Zombies’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Iron Man 4’ and ‘Punisher’ All Marvel Phase 3 Possibilities

Marvel’s Kevin Feige talks about the next phase of the Marvel Universe, also updating on ‘Hulk’, ‘Daredevil’ and more.

Kevin Feige Talks about possible Marvel Phase Three titles
Kevin Feige Talks about possible Marvel Phase Three titles
Marvel's Phase Two is already underway with Iron Man 3 in theaters, and Thor: The Dark World coming this Thanksgiving. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shooting right now, with Guardians of the Galaxy deep into pre-production and The Avengers 2 screenplay completed. So that means Marvel is of course thinking about their Phase Three plans with only Ant-Man confirmed at this point. What else might be included in this third leg of the Marvel movie legacy?

Kevin Feige recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly, and offered a list of potential titles, with the fact that Doctor Strange is likely to be confirmed next. While we've heard most of these titles batted about the Internet before, one title sticks out like a sore thumb, and that's Marvel Zombies. We haven't really heard this mentioned before in terms of being included as a Marvel Phase Three project.

Here are the possible Marvel Phase Three titles

  • Ant-Man
  • Doctor Strange
  • Iron Man 4
  • Black Panther
  • Daredevil
  • The Punisher
  • Blade
  • Ghost Rider
  • Planet Hulk
  • The Inhumans
  • Runaways
  • Marvel Zombies

About the inclusion of Marvel Zombies, which seems like the least likely of these projects to get made, Kevin Feige had this to say.

"Marvel Zombies is such a funny thing because its such a cool comic and it's such a cool idea, but the bigger profile becomes what starts to happen [with fans]? Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not...?"

Marvel Zombies is a five book comic series that features most of its superheroes turning into flesh hungry zombies searching for food during the apocalypse. While Kevin Feige doubts this will get made during Marvel Phase Three, he is much more optimistic about Doctor Strange.

"I would love Doctor Strange to be a part of that only because he's a great character. He's a great standalone character. He's got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven't done yet. There's a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven't ever touched on. So I think that's exciting."

One Marvel mainstay that won't likely be a part of Marvel Phase Three is Iron Man 4, especially with Robert Downey Jr. not completely on board. But Kevin Feige is optimistic that we will see a rebooted version of the movie during Marvel Phase Four or Phase Five.

"I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can't be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that."

Kevin Feige also doesn't feel optimistic about the recent titles that just came back to the studio, including Daredevil, The Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider. We'll see reboots eventually, but probably not in Phase Three.

"All those characters are back. They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time. We're not going to say, we got it back - make it!"

Hulk is as close to a sure thing as Doctor Strange is in terms of being in Phase Three. Though Kevin Feige was the first to tease Planet Hulk as a Phase Three movie, the title may not move in that direction.

"People were like, 'You've already had two movies. How is that going to happen?'. One of the goals that we talked about with Joss Whedon was we want Hulk to be cool again. What we're excited about exploring and expanding is Mark Ruffalo - and Banner's not in Planet Hulk at all. The fun of the Planet Hulk is his interaction with humans. Mark could stand in his own movie. We're talking about it. We're excited to sit down and go, 'What is a stand-alone Hulk movie? If anyone could be a great 55-year-old Hulk, it's Mark Ruffalo so I'm not worried about that."

Which movies do you want to see included in Marvel Phase Three?

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Comments (55)

  1. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Yes, I know! Because if he isn't, then I fear that it will be no good and that it won't do well in the box office.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 You do too ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I think he will be.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic that jr is still in iron man 4

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. Zach Chappelear

    Marvel Zombies would be perfect for there image.

    2 years agoby @Zach-ChappelearFlag

  6. childofharlem


    2 years agoby @childofharlemFlag

  7. The Real Goku

    @redcameraman they won't make it, because there's no Bruce Banner at all on planet hulk.

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  8. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I'm only up for "Planet Hulk," "Ant-Man," and "Doctor Strange."

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  9. ObiWanShinobi

    @supermanvenom If only they had a better director.

    2 years agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  10. supermanvenom

    @ObiWanShinobi I did like how violent the Ray stevens version was

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  11. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 What better be true?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. undeadslayer4

    @Brizzy punisher Idk blade definitely

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic well that better be true

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. Sean

    @therealGoku That is true. But, I think that they might still make an Iron Man 4. Plus, Robert Downey Jr said something about Iron Man 4 on the Jimmy Kimmel show recently, that got me under the impression that he will be in an Iron Man 4 movie. Here' the link to it > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVjxOkUdI2I . He even showed on there that there is something that is started on some website that I believe he or someone else started to get Iron Man 4 to happen with him starring in it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. ObiWanShinobi

    Having The Punisher work for Shield is horrible. He's a loose, murderous cannon. Get that Tom Jane version of Punisher out of your head. He's way more brutal than that movie portrays. If you read Marvel Zombies you'd know. No way SHIELD would employ that..Well maybe. Nah.

    2 years agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  16. Brizzy

    Movies that Disney will ruin: All of them.
    Blade? Punisher? Idiots.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  17. TheDude1

    Would love to see another Punisher movie but Disney would ruin it.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  18. Ghostman

    I didn't say they were Shield Agents @therealGoku

    They can be featured as Shield targets of interests...duh :P

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Steve_UK_FilmFanatic

    Daredevil seems to me to fit well within a TV series, no super powers which means it can be filmed well on a small budget, same goes with Punisher but he is far too dark of a character to be made by someone like ABC. Marvel have to be careful to leave the crowds wanting more, 3 Marvel films a year and a TV series is definitely enough for one sitting for 'Marvel'lousness

    2 years agoby @Steve-UK-FilmFanaticFlag

  20. uncle rico

    put the Punisher on Agents of Shield , played by Tom Jane. Continue Ghost Rider film series and then bring him into the Avengers series, and Blade leave alone Wesely did it the best, Daredevil you could do a stand alone reboot.

    2 years agoby @unclerico12345Flag

  21. The Real Goku

    @ghostman NOT everyone in the marvel universe are shield agents. -___-

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  22. WongFu

    As for the Hulk, it's still being considered as a new TV series. Some of these titles can be mini series, TV films and feature films.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  23. Ghostman

    @shuabert I agree, the lesser known smaller Marvel characters such as Daredevil, Blade, Punisher, etc would work better on the Agents of SHIELD TV show.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  24. WongFu

    I think these films should be made.

    Doctor Strange

    Black Panther
    The Punisher

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  25. ObiWanShinobi

    Seeing DareDevil would be nice. Have Ryan Gosling star & Nicholas Winding Refn direct. Ahhh, maybe in another lifetime.

    2 years agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  26. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    It looks very much like 'Marvel' have plans to keep going long after avengers 2. However, with the standard that they produce too as well as the source material they hold in their catologue means that they could all well work (dependant on cast/crew/director etc.)

    2 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  27. moviemouse

    doctor strange black panther and ant man for phase 3, everyone esle should be in stand alone films and marvel zombies? no, maybe an animated feature

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  28. moviemouse

    no iron man is not as evergreen as james bond, the iron man storys are done maybe cap and thors stand alone movies will be done to after dark world and winter soldier, they need to keep things fresh and find the next big thing

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

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