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.