Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to kick into gear over the next two years. Next year will feature the releases of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, but there are still plenty of projects to be excited about.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has offered an update on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man and Thor: Ragnarok.
As Feige told Empire, via Squareeyed, about Guardians 2: “There’ve been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and we’ll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie.”
With that said, there is one major villain who will not be making a return for this particular outing: “I wouldn’t look too hard in that movie for Thanos. The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It will be, ‘Oh, that’s why they’ve been teasing this villain for five years!’”
Also, Feige teased a ‘big and spectacular’ Spider-Man story for Tom Holland’s reboot: “It’s going to be as big and spectacular a Spider-Man film as has ever been made. But it’s a Peter Parker story and has more opportunity to be focused on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school.”
As for Thor: Ragnarok, Feige said to expect a totally different film from the two prior Thor offerings: “I don’t think people will read into that title alone [regarding] what the movie’s going to be. It’s going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the firstCaptain America. We want to take it to new places, we’ve got new characters that will show how big we’re swinging on this. And we have a Hulk.”
Feige also notes something that he has said in prior interviews, which is that fans can expect to see a very other-worldly adventure: “The film takes place within the cosmos primarily which is to say, frankly, very little Earth.”
We can’t help feeling that this will lead, in some way, into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 or Planet Hulk… now THAT would be cool!
In related news, new Spider-man, Tom Holland, has been speaking with the Belfast Telegraph while promoting In the Heart of the Sea, about his role in Civil War and the upcoming Spider-man standalone MCU movie: “Captain America: Civil War will be a brilliant movie, a huge movie and I’ll have the support of the success of that movie so that I can go on to my own,” Holland said.
“It was also a real eye-opener to what it will be like when I start my film. I think the problem with Civil War for me was that it made me 10 times more excited to start on Spider-Man, but we don’t start for months so I’ve got to sit on that excitement for the moment.”
“It doesn’t feel real to me, but my life hasn’t changed,” he said.
“I wear nicer clothes occasionally now, but that’s about it. I’m taking every day as it comes and there’s very little prep that you can do apart from making sure you remain grounded and keep the people that are close to you close. My main goal at the moment is to make sure my work doesn’t fall below a certain caliber. I want to make sure that yes, I’ll do these big blockbuster movies but I want to continue on with the small, independent movies and make sure I don’t lose touch with that side of the industry.”