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 Talks about possible Marvel Phase Three titles
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
- Doctor Strange
- Iron Man 4
- Black Panther
- The Punisher
- Ghost Rider
- Planet Hulk
- The Inhumans
- 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?