With the second phase of Marvel’s films set to be released through 2015 (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2), Marvel’s Kevin Feige is already looking towards the future, confirming that the long-awaited Ant-Man film will be released in November of 2015. In a statement with MTV Geek, Feige had this to say about the film, as well as why they decided to go with an Ant Man film in the first place. “‘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.” Going off the “different corner” remark, Feige also said that he wants to expand the cinematic Marvel universe by including some more unique characters that we have yet to see make an appearance. “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.” One of the big names to come up in the discussion was Doctor Strange, which Feige says is definitely a possibility. “‘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.” What are your thoughts on the Ant-Man film? What about a potential Doctor Strange film? Who do you think should play Doctor Strange if they do decide to go with the movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 13 Responses Cory January 26, 2013 I think that Viggo Mortenson would be a good choice for Dr. Strange, or maybe Liam Neeson? I actually thought Ant Man was part of Phase 2, before Avengers 2. Guess I was wrong. I’m hoping they introduce a new avenger in either Cap 2, Iron man 3, or Thor 2…I would like to see the lineup shaken up a bit for Avengers 2. Really hoping Hawkeye plays a big role in Cap 2. Captain America and Hawkeye vs Winter Soldier? YES PLEASE!! Also, with how darn good Journey into Mystery is lately, I hope Thor 2 introduces a more badass Lady Sif, and feature her prominently. Just my thoughts Log in to Reply Travis McCollum January 26, 2013 I’d be interested to see Viggo possibly take on the role of Doctor Strange. I’ve also heard people say Hugh Laurie and Benedict Cumberbatch a lot when mentioning potential Doctor Stranges. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when they officially announce it. I did too but I guess they wanted to jumpstart an all new line of heroes and the best time to do that would be after the Avengers 2. Maybe we’ll see a mention of Ant Man? Well Sif has gained a lot of popularity in recent months and it’s apparent (from the injury sustained on set) that Jaimie Alexander’s Sif WILL have a decent role in it, but yeah I’d love to see her involved more. Log in to Reply NameitPurple January 26, 2013 I really hope that one of these new corners of the MCU being explored happens to be a technologically advanced African nation. Introducing Ant-Man post Avengers 2, leaves open the tantalizing possibility of Phase Three building towards Ultron, depending on which Ant-man they go with, rumours persist that Scott Lang will be the main protagonist. Perhaps if that is true then we will get a Henry Pym cameo somewhere in Phase Two. As for switching or expanding the Avengers roster, Sif, Falcon and War Machine (and perhaps Bucky, depending how his story goes in CA 2) would appear to be the most likely candidates. But I’d love a cameo from Carol Danvers, Jennifer Walters or Jessica Drew, hey, maybe even Valkyrie (if we’re getting Dr Strange, perhaps The Defenders could appear down the line?), to bring a little sexual equality to the MCU. Log in to Reply Travis McCollum January 26, 2013 I’d be thrilled if they ever did a Black Panther movie. The motion comic showed that Dijimon Hounsou could really embody the character so hopefully we can see that soon, especially if we get Doctor Strange (New Avengers anybody?) I think after you do Thanos, Ultron seems like the most natural choice for big baddie #3 so hopefully we’ll see some Pym. But if it’s Scott I won’t be mad. I love Scott as a character and there really is a lot you can do with him as a character. I agree. Honestly Carol seems like the most likely (besides the other ones you mentioned) only because for Jennifer to exist we’d probably need another Hulk film and Drew sadly wouldn’t work because of the whole Sony/Spider-Man thing. If that changes though I’d be stoked. But Carol would be great, especially with her new found popularity. Log in to Reply NameitPurple January 26, 2013 I’m definitely rooting for Ultron. It could be argued that expanding the characters might open up the possibility of something more Civil War like, but I think we’re a long, long way off that. Yeah, Carol’s military background might let Marvel slip her into a cameo in a number of places fairly easily. So I think that would be the most likely off my wishlist. The new series has been spectacular so far, and I think a strong heroine would be a great addition, and let’s be honest the visual element would be astounding. As they seem a little reluctant to restart the Hulk franchise after 2 less than stellar solo outings, maybe bringing in She-Hulk as part of the storyline for a sequel might be a way to go? And sadly, you’re right about Spiderwoman, but I can dream. Though I guess they could get away with a SHIELD Agent Drew, as a name-check and leave the possibility dangling without infringing. (Heck, why not even a name-check for Mockingbird, for that matter). This is all so far off it’s almost meta-speculation. Seeing which currents the comics pick up and move along over the next few years should be very interesting and give us a better idea. Travis McCollum January 26, 2013 Civil War is a pretty heavy subject to jump into, as well as Secret Invasion, House of M and most recent Marvel events. I’m not against the idea but without the X-Men, Fantastic Four and/or Spider-Man/Girl/Woman it seems like it would be missing something. I for one am in agreement with an Ultron story, especially if it could possibly work as a backdoor to a Runaways movie (son of Ultron and everything) but I trust em to do well. Captain Marvel was my #1 ongoing in the recent Top 10 list I did at the beginning of the year so its pretty obvious I love the story and the character of Carol Danvers. Even a mention would be good enough for me, as long as they include Mockingbird somewhere in there (if you have Hawkeye, you kinda need her). We’ll see Hulk wise. Maybe if we can nail down an actor for Hulk full-time we can finally work on incorporating more of his crew (Red Hulk, She Hulk ect). And yeah it’s a bummer. But a mention WOULD be nice, since it would essentially be fan service anyway. Maybe it could even lead to SWORD getting involved. It IS all speculation at this point, but it’s always nice to talk about it, especially to gauge what people are interested in seeing. thisjohnd January 26, 2013 Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther would be an ideal Phase 3, though I think Marvel would have to include another movie featuring a more known character to help tie back into Avengers. Perhaps something like Nick Fury or Black Widow. Log in to Reply Travis McCollum January 26, 2013 Definitely. I’d be interested to see a Black Widow movie come to fruition, especially now that she’s an established character and they hinted at the history between her and Hawkeye. It’d make for a good movie I think. We’ll have to wait and see I guess. (Though a Hawkeye movie wouldn’t be bad either…just saying) As long as Marvel keeps churning out good quality work, I’d be happy to see the whole spectrum of heroes covered. Who knows, we may get an Avenger movie someday with a majority of the current Avengers team Log in to Reply Karl January 30, 2013 I dont see how Antman could be taken seriously in the Marvel universe. Dr. Strange I could EASLY see with Viggo playing him (Liam…though I love him…would seem campy). Antman is a joke…a character for laughs. Wouldn’t fit with the Avengers. Dr.Strange is a whole different beast with tons of possibility. I’d like to see the progression of Deadpool also (on a side note). Maybe a tie in with Cable could lead to an Xmen cross ovdr in the future… Log in to Reply Bobby Shortle January 30, 2013 I think Ant Man is perceived that way, but I don’t think thats who he is. His time in FF, although a funny book, has not been that of a jokey character. He actually has a lot of real personal tragedy, whether you are talking Scott Lang or Hank Pym, so I think he would fit right into their universe. No character is inherently bad, its just the execution that needs to come through. Log in to Reply NameitPurple January 30, 2013 The problem Ant-man would face to the general cinema going population lies in the name, and as you say, the preconception. “Really, a guy who gets small and controls ants?”. The truth is that, with both Pym and Lang, the powers are almost the least important or interesting part of the character. That said, I can imagine the size-shifting making for some interesting setpieces and visuals. Especially in the hands of Edgar Wright. We can only hope by now that Marvel has built up enough goodwill that the movie-going public go with it and give it a try. A cameo in Phase Two wouldn’t hurt either. Karl February 4, 2013 My opinion…Ant Man would HAVE to be Pym to fit in…he would be better received by the masses. Log in to Reply Bobby Shortle February 4, 2013 From what I’ve heard the Edgar Wright film will feature both characters, but that could be bad information. I also don’t honestly think any one outside the comic book world knows a Hank Pym from a Scott Lang, so whatever you do, as long as you make the character relatable and the world interesting, it will be accepted by the bulk of people. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.