With #DoctorStrange just around the corner, the #MCU is taking a whole new direction, adding new dimensions and never-seen-before types of powers. What's Cap's shield when you can teleport to the top of the Himalaya with a swing of your wrist?
That means #Marvel fans have a lot of questions about the upcoming movies of Phase 3 — which started with #CaptainAmericaCivilWar — and how they're going to lead into Phase 4. We still have very little information about #SpiderManHomecoming and #ThorRagnarok, with only the logos coming out of this year's Comic-Con, but thankfully Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is here to deliver a few cryptic hints. In a recent interview with Collider, he talked Spider-Man, relationships with other studios, and expanding the tone of the MCU.
- Kevin Feige Hints That Iron Man 4 Could Still Feature Robert Downey Jr.
- With Taika Waititi On Board, Don't Expect Thor: Ragnarok To Be Your Typical Marvel Movie
- Director Taika Waititi Gave A Live Thour Of The Set On The Last Day Of Thor: Ragnarok
There's Still Plenty Of Possibilities With Spider-Man
Asked whether it was complicated to handle the Spider-Man character with Sony, Feige stated that the only reason the web-slinger hadn't been included in any movies beyond Homecoming was that it was a step-by-step process:
"We're figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.' [...] We talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future."
Infinity War Will Include Most Of The Current Marvel Characters, Plus New Ones
The big question with #AvengersInfinityWar, considering how much the Russo brothers have teased that there'd be a boatload of comic book characters present, is who exactly would feature in the big battle against the glove-wielding Thanos. Feige says there'll be familiar faces, but not only:
"It is primarily enough just to bring together all those characters in movies but there will be some new players."
Speaking of familiar faces, a lot of them have been in the MCU for so long that we're all starting to wonder who's going to stick around — but we shouldn't worry about that yet.
"[...] It's weird to say 'at the end of their deals' when in some cases they have three whole movies to go."
After all, Phase 3 has only just started.
I don't feel like we're nearing the end of it because there's ten films in phase three and we've released one of them.
Get Ready For Some Unexpected Turns!
After so many movies and heroes introduced on the big screen in so few years, it's obvious that the MCU has to find ways to reinvent itself before we get the same recipe served over and over again. One of the ways it has done that is by hiring unconventional directors such as Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok, which should lead to changes in tone and style that'll keep the ensemble refreshing enough.
Just like the third #Thor movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming takes an innovative approach to the young hero, trying to avoid the typical origins story that we're all starting to get a little fed up with. According to Feige, Homecoming and Ragnarok are more their own thing than a puzzle piece in the MCU:
"[...] Frankly, I almost count 'Homecoming' and 'Ragnarok' as two almost entirely different and brand new things— even though there's been other Spider-Man films and two other Thor films. They're [both] very, very, different."
As Waititi put it in his Reddit AmA when asked how he was fitting his movie within the previous Thor stories:
I made an effort to ignore the fact that there are other Thor films.
Hence the '80s video games logo, probably.
Which Phase 3 movie are you most looking forward to?