Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to begin, with several new offerings to excite comic book fans everywhere. Next year will feature the releases of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, but most other films are still in the planning phase. Nevertheless, Marvel has a pretty thorough plan for each of their upcoming installments, and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has spilled some of the beans regarding three of the MCU’s most anticipated films.
The first film he discusses is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is currently set for release on May 5, 2017. The film won’t start shooting until February, but Kevin Feige and director James Gunn have both been saying for a while that we can expect to see a few new characters. As Feige has told Empire:
“There’ve been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and we’ll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie.”
With that said, there is one major villain who will not be making a return for this particular outing.
“I wouldn’t look too hard in that movie for Thanos. The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It will be, ‘Oh, that’s why they’ve been teasing this villain for five years!’”
Also releasing in 2017 (on July 28) is the new Spider-Man film. This film may seem to be small potatoes next to the star-studded ensemble space adventure releasing before it, but Kevin Feige says that this is “all relative.” And while the film will not be an origin story, Feige confirms that the teenage superhero will still have his human side put on full display.
“It’s going to be as big and spectacular a Spider-Man film as has ever been made. But it’s a Peter Parker story and has more opportunity to be focused on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school.”
It’s worth noting his use of the word “spectacular” here. It’s a word that’s been used in the titles of the comics, and the new film is going to need a name that allows it to stand out from previous installments. There’s a mild possibility that Kevin Feige could be hinting at the title of Spidey’s reboot.
The final Marvel film slated for a 2017 release is Thor: Ragnarok on November 3. While many would assume that the film focuses on some version of the apocalypse as envisioned by Norse mythology (which has also featured in the comic books), Kevin Feige states that the film will actually be much more than that.
“I don’t think people will read into that title alone [regarding] what the movie’s going to be. It’s going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the first Captain America. We want to take it to new places, we’ve got new characters that will show how big we’re swinging on this. And we have a Hulk.”
Kevin Feige also notes something that he has said in prior interviews, which is that fans can expect to see a very other-worldly adventure.
“The film takes place within the cosmos primarily which is to say, frankly, very little Earth.”
And there you have it. Some of these details have been known to fans for quite some time, while others are rather vague and still leave a number of surprises in store. For the time being, be sure to look out for more news on these and other films by Marvel Studios as Phase Three gears up to continue one of the biggest sagas in cinematic history.