During a Q&A presentation at CineEurope, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige handed out a few tidbits about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He, of course, spoke about Guardians of the Galaxy (he had just finished presenting preview of that movie for the audience), Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and even a bit about what's happening on the small screen.
Fiege revealed that they do not necessarily go into a movie planning for sequels to be made. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, they wanted to put as much as they could into it in case it was the only one. He did see the possibility of more films for the group though, and mentioned the different incarnations the Guardians went through. They have ideas of where they could go if the movie does succeed. Fiege also confirmed that we would be seeing Thanos in the movie and learn more about him; also that it will lead back to Avengers films (note the plural) in the future. Though we've seen a bit of Marvel cosmic in Thor and Avengers, Guardians will be the gateway for audiences for a wider cosmic playground.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not just in the theaters, but can also be seen reflected on television. Fans were treated to the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier during the latter part of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fiege says Marvel's Agent Carter television series will have similar connections to the films. He also thought that Marvel's Netflix offerings (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) would also have ties to the larger cinematic universe. He did mention though, that is imoortant that each work stand alone as great works.
Onto the troubled Ant-Man movie, Fiege pointed out that the movie is still set to release on July 17, 2015. He also said that film is based largely on the draft that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote, with Adam McKay reworking parts of the script. Fiege says Ant-Man is an important and a key character, in fact saying that he is a "key Avenger". Is that a tiny hint?
Doctor Strange is a character that Fiege has been interested in for a long time. Similar to how Guardians of the Galaxy will expose audiences to the wider cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange will introduce the supernatural/interdimensional side with all of its characters and storylines. Fiege describes Doctor Strange as "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". He updated the status of the production, that the director was announced, that they are about to do another draft, with casting starting in a month or two, and production starting next Spring.
The Marvel Studios President also commented on having the characters from X-Men and Spider-Man in future Marvel movies. In short, not any time soon. He noted that as long as they are doing well at Fox and Sony respectively, the companies will keep making those movies, and thus retaining the rights.
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