So, you may have heard that Iron Man 3 is out this week. And you may have also heard that the first teaser trailer has been released for Thor: The Dark World this week as well.
Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has begun.
But with these new movies comes new challenges, and new questions. And who better to answer those questions than the Marvel head honcho himself, Kevin Feige. So, when it comes to the question of whether – in this post-Avengers world we now live in – one of the heroes just puts a call in when he needs a little backup, Feige has the answer;
“That’s a new issue, right? That’s a new problem of Phase II, and the way we treat it in this movie and a lot of the movies is not dissimilar to how they treat it in the comics. Which is to say they’re either busy somewhere else — we know Thor is on another planet. But also, having the events happen very quickly in a way that there wasn’t time for the other characters or entities to get involved. And Shane [Black, Iron Man 3 director] has said recently, you know without giving too much away, the element of the government that would have reached out to S.H.I.E.L.D. was in on the plan, so they kept that at bay.”
And speaking of the heroes, Phase Two will comprise mostly of sequels, with of course Iron Man and Thor, as well as Captain America, getting big-screen follow-ups. Feige discussed what he has learned from Iron Man 2 and 3 that can be used in the development of the other sequels.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of sequels — some that have been great, [including] Spider-Man 2 and X-Men 2, and I think Iron Man 3, and some not so great. So, you know, basically I’ve found that mixing it up, that changing people’s expectations and sort of turning things on their head is most fruitful, is the unexpected is the most exciting for people.
And I think Iron Man 3 is very unexpected, and what we’re doing in the next Thor film and in particular the next Captain America film [are as well]. They’re almost different genres then their predecessor movies. Which I think, again, just as unusual and unique as it was to have three or four different tent pole movies that could combine into a single tent pole movie [i.e. The Avengers].
Phase II is about changing even the genre that the prior movies were. So, there are elements of detective, technological thriller in Iron Man 3. I’ve already described publicly the next Captain America film as inspired by political thrillers of the seventies. Um, Guardians of the Galaxy is a whole other unique film and a totally new thing for us, so always putting that spin on it is what’s required.”
And speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, it is going to be the first film to really go outside of the ‘world’ that we have seen from Marvel so far, and jump feet first into the ‘universe’. io9 asked Feige what many of us are thinking, and that is whether Guardians – with so much of it’s content emanating from space – will end up like Green Lantern. Not so, he says;
“Well the same way, Iron Man 3 has as much CG as any movie we’ve ever made, and I hope it doesn’t feel like Green Lantern. And it’s all about the aesthetic you go for and already we have an art department as impressive as any art department I’ve ever seen in London on Guardians. And it’s, you know, designing things and believing that they’re real when part of the team’s made up of a raccoon and a tree.”
Iron Man 3 is out in the UK this Friday, and May 3 in North America. Looking forward, Thor: The Dark World will hit screens on November 8, while Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in July 2014.