Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reunited audiences with their favorite team of unlike heroes, but it also introduced a number of new characters whom comic book fans know could be important players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a number of highly anticipated projects on their slate, fans are eager to see how the upcoming films will lead into Avengers: Infinity War and it’s sequel, billed as the culmination of the MCU story to date. In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the character teases in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Spider-Man deal between Marvel and Sony, and what the future holds for the MCU.
Feige discussed the intentions behind introducing the original version of the Guardians in Vol. 2.
I think all things being equal; James and everybody at Marvel would love to see the continued adventures in some aspect. Whether it’s a large part in a future movie, or as James just said, a Howard the Duck level appearance, down the line of those any or all of those original Guardians. Really, the most important immediate thing for us was just to establish and showcase, ‘Yes. Those original Guardians, though they may never have called themselves that in our movie mythology, they exist.’”
Feige also discussed the reason behind the decision to finally introduce Adam Warlock in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Mainly to plant a flag for his involvement in future Guardians stories. Adam Warlock is a character that we all love very much. James in particular has come very close, as I think he’s revealed recently, to including him in Vol 2, but when it was decided that that was one character too many, and the movie coalesced into the awesome form it is now he wanted to seed that appearance in future Guardians movies in the tag.”
When asked about a potential announcement for Doctor Strange 2, Feige explained that Marvel’s focus is currently centered on the projects that have already been announced.
We’re not actively discussing anything past Untitled Avengers other than we’ve dated Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, which wouldn’t be the title, but that’s what we call it because that’s the agreement we made with Sony for the inclusion of Spidey in the Avengers films, and James Gunn doing a third Guardians of the Galaxy at some point, but really the whole focus of Marvel Studios is the next eight films, counting Guardians 2, the next eight films that are going to take up all of our time.
Feige commented on whether or not Marvel Studios and Sony might continue their deal with Spider-Man beyond the already agreed upon slate of films.
Every time we make a movie, Guardians included, Black Panther included, Infinity War included, we just feel lucky to be making that movie, and that’s basically what the focus is on. We’re just lucky to feel lucky and thankful that Homecoming came together, and that everybody wants to continue that with another Spidey avenger post Avengers movies. Where we go beyond that is not even thinking about right now.
You can read the full interview with Kevin Feige here.
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The next MCU film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.