Kevin Feige On Why Marvel Films Don’t Overlap As Much As In Phase 1


Back in Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the films used to overlap a bit more in terms of when a story was taking place. Remember when Nick Fury first approached Tony Stark about his Avengers Initiative in the post-credits scene of Iron Man? And then, just a little over a month later (real world time), Tony Stark appeared at the end of The Incredible Hulk, and later, in Iron Man 2, we see footage of Hulk’s rampage at the college campus playing on a screen when Stark and Fury are discussing the larger world of superheroics. Or what about when S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson mentioned that he had to take care of something down in the Southwest Region at the end of Iron Man 2 and then he appeared in the following year’s Thor at the location where the God of Thunder’s hammer fell?

These types of things established that these films were set roughly around the same period of time. That kind of interlocked storytelling doesn’t really happen as much these days in the MCU. Sure some characters pop up here and there in each other’s movies, but for the most part, the films roughly take place in the MCU timeline around the time when the films actually come out, leaving huge gaps of undiscovered country in between.

In an interview with Cinema Blend to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained why this is the case:

“I think people like to talk about our long term plans, which we certainly have. But very rarely do those long term plans dictate the specificity of any individual film. It’s usually the opposite. It’s focusing on a story, and focusing on the individual movie that we’re making to do what’s best. And then, if something changes that we weren’t quite expecting down the line because it was made for a better movie, then we deal with it down the line. I think that’s what happened in Phase One. We were telling those stories and having the crossover of Nick Fury talking about the Southwest Region, when the hammer fell…”

While I certainly think it would be cool to see the stories of these films crossover a bit more like they used to, I can easily see Feige’s point here. While that would be fun, making sure each film is as good as it can be on its own should be Marvel’s top priority. I kind of enjoy the fact that the Guardians of the Galaxy films take place off in their own little bubble, at least, they do for now.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

Source: Cinema Blend

10 Cosmic Heroes We Want To See In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

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It’s official: James Gunn has confirmed that that he will be returning to both write and direct the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which is just phenomenal news. Gunn has created something really special with these films. He took third-tier (at best) comic book characters that most fans didn’t yet know they needed to love and turned their story into not one, but two blockbuster movies that are major hits, both critically (Vol. 2 is getting mostly positive buzz on social media following press screenings) and financially (the sequel’s currently tracking at about $150 million for its opening weekend).

In his Facebook post, Gunn stated that Guardians Vol. 3 will “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.” He also made a brief mention of “some of the other forthcoming heroes” that could be appearing in the series. With these things in mind, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to explore some of the cosmic Marvel characters that fans might like to see in the third installment.

Before we jump in, a couple caveats. While it would surely be a lot of fun to see some of the Earthbound MCU characters mixing it up with the team in space, this list is only going to feature cosmic-based Marvel characters. The film will hit theaters after the Guardians’ introduction to Tony and Cap and the gang in Avengers: Infinity War, so we may still see that happen anyway. Also, I’m sure there are plenty of fantastic cosmic villains that would be great fits to antagonize the team in the third film, but we’re only focusing on the good guys in this list. Also, as amazing as it would be to see Silver Surfer or Galactus in the MCU, we’re not including anyone that Marvel doesn’t currently own the rights to, so don’t expect to see Agent Venom or Kitty Pryde or any of the other non-MCU characters that have served on the team in the comics on this list either. Also, it should be noted that I have not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so if any of these characters do appear, my apologies for the wasted entry.

Now, without further adieu, here are the 10 cosmic Marvel heroes we want to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Hit the next button below to begin!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).