By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Marvel Studios Kevin Feige recently opened up about three upcoming installments in the saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange.
Feige was interviewed at Barcelona’s CinaEurope, and noted that the title role in Doctor Strange will likely be cast within the next two months, before production begins in Spring 2015.
“[Doctor] Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis,” Feige said. “There’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel Universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.”
Another character Feige cites as “very important” is Ant-Man, who will get his own cinematic spotlight in July 2015.
“We like that people don’t necessarily know what Ant-Man is,” Feige said. “We like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character. He’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of ‘Ant-Man’ that we could have.”
Of course, Marvel fans can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy this August. Feige noted that the Guardians franchise could go in several different directions after this initial film.
“There are dozens and dozens of Guardians of the Galaxy storylines,” Feige said. “There’s a group that came about in the ’60s, were revamped again in the ’80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago. So there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we’d like to go with it.”
A key character in Guardians of the Galaxy? Thanos, who moviegoers saw during the credits in The Avengers.
“We learn a little bit more about him in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he – and his band of followers – is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future,” Fiege said.
Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1. Ant-Man comes out July 17, 2015.
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