Marvel boss Kevin Feige has admitted that there is unlikely to be any announcements regarding Phase Three for at least a year.
Many expected the studio to announce plans for Doctor Strange and the beginning of their third Phase of the Cinematic Universe at this year’s Comic-Con, but nothing was forthcoming, with the company instead focusing on Phase Two films Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. And given Feige’s comments to Collider, it appears we are a long way off hearing anything new.
“Well, it’s only 2013 now. But, I think it would probably be, at the earliest, a year from now,”
Feige also commented on Iron Man’s future, with star Robert Downey Jr’s new Marvel contract only tying him in for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. Feige previously claimed that another actor could portray Tony Stark in future big-screen outings, and his view hasn’t changed.
“I’ve said it before and it wasn’t negotiating tactics. I believe Tony Stark is as strong a character as Batman. We’re about to head into our fifth or sixth Batman – however, you wanna look at it – James Bond, etc.”
“So, there will absolutely be future Tony Starks and future Iron Mans. Who makes those movies, and when those movies are made, who knows? I don’t know. But, the notion with Robert’s contract in The Avengers 2 & 3, is to allow new characters. Part of what we love about The Avengers is the shifting roster. That’s what’s fun about the comic book movies. You shift them up. So, certainly that was a lot of the thought process that went into it.”
Thor: The Dark World hits cinemas on October 30, Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives on April 4 2014, while The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for May 1 2015.