With Iron Man 3 vastly approaching in two months, buzz is beginning to build on what is expected from the next stage of Marvel. Kevin Feige is the wizard behind the curtain and everyone wants to know what tricks are up his sleeve. He may not say much the majority of the time, but when he does the details are juicy.
SFX caught up with Feige to ask him about the plans for Phase-2. When asked about the cosmic appeal of the next series of films, Feige expressed the following.
The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space.
Feige also went on to explain the new character exploration with the other films.
I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.
The idea of making each sequel vastly different from the last is something I can get behind. Christopher Nolan did the same thing at Warner Brothers with The Dark Knight Trilogy. The first film (Batman Begins) was like a redemption story for a superhero, compared to The Dark Knight which took a crime-drama approach in the same vein of films like Heat. This is good that Marvel is utilizing fresh tactics.
Feige ended the interview stating whether Guardians of the Galaxy tied into Avengers 2.
I would say that it does not. It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.
Iron Man 2 was hindered story-wise because of Marvel trying to force Avenger elements into the film. Trying to focus on making the best possible film is the best route. I’m sure with James Gunn directing this we are in for one unique experience. I’m super stoked.
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I want to see Iron Man in Guardians to tie it together, but I can get behind making them stand on their own.