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Marvel President Confirms a Doctor Strange Movie, Hints at a Possible Seventh Hero for The Avengers Sequel


In an interview with MTV, Marvel President Kevin Feige confirmed that Ant-Man will be the first movie in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three (which we kind of already knew), talked about how Iron Man 3 will connect with The Avengers sequel (potentially interesting…), and confirmed that Marvel’s planning a Doctor Strange movie for after Ant-Man.

One of those bits of news is far and away more exciting than the other two, and I don’t think I need to tell you which one.

Speaking about Phase Three, a.k.a. the movies being released after The Avengers sequel comes out in summer 2015, Marvel President Kevin Feige explained:

“‘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…’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.”

Soooo… don’t consider it “officially announced” yet or anything, but Feige says Doctor Strange is happening, and hey, he’s the President, I trust him. There’s no news yet other than “This is happening!”—not surprising given it’ll be coming out after Ant-Man, which won’t hit theaters for almost another three years. So there’s probably not much that’s been done Doctor Strange-wise at this point.

But what about Marvel movies coming out a little sooner? Feige had this to say about Iron Man 3 and how it will tie into The Avengers 2.

“I would say that the exercise of this film [Iron Man 3] is very much standalone, more so than any ‘Iron Man’ film since the first one. But because we are in Phase Two and we’re heading towards another ‘Avengers’ movie, there’s certainly a road that’s being paved — you just might not notice it…While you’re driving on the road, not knowing where it’s going, you might not realize that there are road signs and signals and lane changes that we’re setting up now — they might not be readily apparent the first time you see the movie.”

He also said that he’s read Joss Whedon’s first Avengers sequel outline and that there are “seven things in there that are worth the price of admission alone.” Seven things as in… seven members of the team? As in, one more than was in The Avengers?

Turning on speculation mode for a moment, if seeds planted in Iron Man 3 lead to something new in the Avengers sequel, and if that “something new” is another member of the team… that theory that the the Wasp will be introduced in Iron Man 3 just got a lot more interesting.

(via: Collider)

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  • http://twitter.com/pathar pathar

    “I would say that the exercise of this film [Iron Man 3] is very much standalone, more so than any ‘Iron Man’ film since the first one.”

    Really? ‘Than any Iron Man film since the first one?’ Meaning … the second? What absurdly unnecessary doublespeak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1628614400 Janis Wright

    Kevin Alejandro from True Blood.

  • Anon

    Yay, more straight white male superheroes ¬_¬

  • Anon

    Yay, more straight white male superheros ¬_¬

  • Anonymous

    Whoo! More white dudes!
    Remember when they said the only reason Phase 1 was full of nothing but white dudes because they had to go with their most iconic? I sure as hell wouldn’t count Dr. Strange or Ant-Man as “iconic”.

  • Jamie Jeans

    So, first Ant-Man and then Doctor Strange…

    Not Ms Marvel.

    Not Black Panther.

    Not The Daughters of the Dragon.

    Not even Luke Cage & Iron Fist…

    But Doctor… Strange…

    Come ON, Marvel, we’ve got enough leading white guys here! You’ve got a good amount of diversity out there in your comics, USE IT.

    Because, really? Ant-Man? I don’t hate him but I enjoy him about as much as I do Aquaman… which is little to not at all.

  • Jamie Jeans

    That’s what I was thinking too… I mean, hell, they made Asgard and the frigging flying fortess of SHIELD, but Wakanda and the Black Panther aren’t feasible?

    Talk about BS.

  • http://tophatsasquatch.com/ Tommy Day

    I’m pretty sure Falcon will be in Avengers 2. He’s in the new cartoon that’s being planned and it looks heavily modeled after the cinematic universe.

  • superpull

    Did they not have the person who tied the entire phase 1 together and head of shield black?

    And whilst heimdall isnt exactly important Sam Wilson is.

    I dont think T’Challa should make an appearance, it is odd Cage hasnt made an appearance. (although he ticks the box Feige has said is needed for phase 3 – unlike anything we have done)

  • Anonymous

    That’s what gets me. They claimed they can’t make Black Panther because Wakanda is too difficult to render onscreen.

    Even if I believed that, Black Panther isn’t the only character in the entire Marvel Universe that’s not a white guy.

    They couldn’t do Luke Cage? Or Luke & the Heroes for Hire? Carol Danvers? The Daughters of Dragon?

  • superpull

    T’Challa is very similar to Stark in a lot of ways though (hyper intelligent, gadgety type who deals with governments and occasional espionage).
    I agree with the Luke Cage shout though. Even though they are going cosmic there is space for Power Man (in fact, without Spiderman Luke Cage would be the perfect street level hero ‘foil’ for the grander stuff

  • Anonymous

    Yup, probably. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s in the movie-inspired cartoon and Captain America 2. And they said there’d be “one or two” new heroes joining the Avengers in the sequel so he’s probably the most likely candidate.

    Given what Whedon has said about loving the Wasp it’s possible she’s the other new Avenger.

  • Anonymous

    As for the seven seeds, I don’t think that’s in relation to the members. Both Whedon and Feige have said there’s going to be one or two new members, so that’s a given.

    If they’re referring to elements scattered throughout the other phase 2 movies it’s more likely plotlines or potential villains for the Avengers sequel. The same way the Cosmic Cube subplot ran through a few different movies.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, he actually said Strange is one of the characters they are “toying with and beginning to develop.” That’s hardly confirmation that a movie is happening. Marvel has said that before about Strange. Having said that, it’s remarkable just how white and male the Marvel movieverse is — it’s even more so than the current comics, and that’s quite a feat!

  • http://twitter.com/Totz_the_Plaid Totz_the_Plaid

    Ms. Marvel has been heavily hinted at debuting in the Guardians of the Galaxy film, and they’re still attempting to do that “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” TV series which would be a perfect place to bring in her husband, Luke Cage and his buddy Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist.

    Falcon’s already coming in, and there are plenty of rumors that Wasp will be introduced in Iron Man 3, and since the film universe is heavily inspired by the Ultimate comics, they might go that route and make her Asian-American as opposed to the Caucasian 616-version. Also, I hope we see more War Machine. There are also hints that Pepper Potts might get her own suit of armor and become Rescue.

    As for others, I’d love to see Photon (Monica Rambeau) show up, and maybe a Defenders film in phase 3 since we’ve got Hulk and are getting Dr. Strange, but they don’t currently hold the film rights to Silver Surfer, so I’m wondering who they’d bring in for that team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cristian-Flores/100002899177535 Cristian Flores

    Glad I’m not the only one who feels like this is a white sausage fest..

  • Travis Fischer
  • Anonymous

    He doesn’t like to mention Iron Man 2 directly.

  • Anonymous

    If they include Doctor Strange, he should be played by Oded Fehr… He looks like Doctor Strange, and the addition of a moustache would make the resemblance complete and Uncanny…

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    I’d love to see Luke Cage in there. Heck, for the kids, he’s already in the Ultimate Spider-man series.

    Plus, Old Spice Man said he wanted to play him. And Avengers does a good job with the pretty pretty heroes…

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    Spider-Woman. Captain Marvel. C’mon, someone, gimme those…

  • http://twitter.com/Gauldar BOBRACHA

    There was a rumour of development of a Luke Cage movie, but there is too little talk of it for it to be in development now, but there is a The Hands of Shang-Shi that’s been IMDB for some time now. Probably would be a good place for him to make his introduction there. Last I heard Tyrese Gibson’s name was being thrown around to be cast as Luke Cage, but that’s been some time now.

  • John Wao

    The seventh could be Thanos, although The Wasp would be way cool. (Should have been there from the start).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002792353876 Cesar Andia

    They are introducing the Falcon in CA 2 and with Avenger Assemble cartoon in disney coming out this Summer, logical deduction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002792353876 Cesar Andia

    I agree and then in Phase 3, ant Man and the Wasp. Maybe Ultron as the big bad in Avengers 3.

  • Jamie Jeans

    And yes, while all of that is good, they’re side characters instead of leading characters. Their names and faces won’t be on the poster or the DVD case.

    Marvel has a better record at diversity than DC, especially in recent years where DC Comics is hell bent on whitewashing their entire line up as much as possible into white, straight, and able-bodied (Oracle, anyone?) but Marvel hasn’t. They should be working on enriching their movie licenses with their characters as much as possible.

    And they OWE it to superheroes of colour for this new rennisance of Superhero movies. Why?

    BLADE.

    A superhero movie with a blink and you miss it origin story starring a black man AS the lead, as the main hero, with two good sequals. Had it not been for Blade, we would NOT be having this many good superhero movies nowadays and they sure as heck would not be dominating the summers like they do now.

    After all, how many people knew of Iron Man outside the comics? Not many, I can tell you that, so since Blade, who didn’t have a lot of popularity in the comic crowd got a good movie made, no doubt someone in the studios felt that they could take a risk on Iron Man.

  • http://twitter.com/sara_smile Sara

    Not really overly thrilled about ant-man. I would rather see Black Panther because I think they could do a lot with that. And Im still waiting for my Deadpool movie :|

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    They meant “iconic” as in “misogynistic d-bags”.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Captain Marvel would be the top choice, considering how well her book is selling.

    Except that Whedon can’t be as much of a fauxminist with her. So it’s probably Fillion as Yellow-jacket, or NPH as The Vision.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Squirrel Girl? Or will she be getting her own feature? (Considering that she is the single most powerful human character in the Marvel Universe, it’s only fair that she get’s her own movie.)

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Black Knight. Then they can have Mathew Cassiel as the big bad for the Defenders, The Grey Gargoyle.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    I.G.?

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    I think Whedon does alright.

    I still want NPH to play the Trickster in a Flash movie.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    If he’s going to be any DC character, he should be the Creeper. It’s practically the same role as his Neal Patrick Harris from Harold and Kumar.

  • http://twitter.com/Mia_says_what The Notorious MIA

    Personally, I’m crossing my fingers for Johnny Depp being cast as Doctor Strange. (Of course, I’m basing my opinion off the newer appearance of Dr. Strange in The Amazing Spiderman animated series, which looks JUST LIKE HIM. Longish dark hair, goatee, weird guy in touch with the absurd? Sounds like Depp.)

  • timmy

    They will probably save heros for hire for the SHIELD tv show. Probably tie them in with a short role in avengers 3. which will be a “civil war” type movie that pits cap vs tony. They will need all the characters they can get because they still won’t have the x-men rights by then either.

    Hopefully they give panther a nod in cap 2. If bucky tries to kill a representative of Wakanda speaking at the UN in Manhattan. Or at the very least when falcon describes his funky uniform to another SHIELD member.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19221527 Amy Wasp Wimberger

    Seriously? More White Dudes? That is so annoying. There are so many great characters. If it has to be a dude why not Falcon (I love Sam) or Luke Cage. Luke Cage AND Jessica.

  • http://twitter.com/trawlertrash trawler trash.

    T’Challa would slap you for comparing him to TOny.

  • Mike

    Your left-leaning, “PC” comment regarding how MARVEL needs to “diversify” its character roster, which (by the way) IS ACCURATE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL IT IS DERIVED FROM, is probably the most retarded post I’ve ever seen regarding MARVEL films. Sick and tired of you “politically correct” libtards, man. They didn’t make these films to appease GALA, or the NAACP, or the ACLU. If you’re so easily “offended” by the original source material, then read/watch something else, because nobody else cares.