It’s not hard to be excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but, don’t forget that it’s not the end of Marvel’s Phase Two for their cinematic universe. There’s one more movie left, Ant-Man.
You’d be forgiven for not realizing that, as the original Avengers was the true capper on all things Phase One. Many have wondered why Ant-Man wasn’t earlier in the Phase, some even called the movie “an afterthought” because of all the hype Age of Ultron is getting. Kevin Fiege stopped that train of thought in an interview:
“It’s not [an after thought],” Marvel President Kevin Feige said. “The truth is the phases mean a lot to me and some people but…Civil War is the start of Phase Three. It just is. And Ant-Man is a different kind of culmination of Phase Two because it very much is in the MCU.”
He goes on about how it all connects, and why it really is a Phase Two film:
“You meet new characters and you learn about Hank Pym and his lineage with the MCU over the years,” Feige explained. “But at the same time, it also picks up the thread of Age of Ultron in terms of heroes – major heroes, Avengers – coming from unexpected places. Whether it’s prison in the case of Scott Lang or being a very disgruntled Sokovian Twins as Wanda and Pietro are in Age of Ultron. And in that way it connects a lot. Also, Hank Pym’s attitude towards Avengers, towards S.H.I.E.L.D, and kind of the cinematic universe in general, is much more informed after the events of Age of Ultron, and in a certain way, before the events of Civil War.”
So there you go, Marvel does indeed care about Ant-Man, and want it to succeed as much as its other films. We’ll find out how well it does when its arrives on July 17th.
Oh… and there’s a new trailer due tomorrow