The Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading to space. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened up about plans for the studios’ next batch of superhero movies during a recent interview, and talks about some of them going “cosmic.”
“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 percent in space,” Feige told SFX magazine. “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.”
In terms of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Feige said that only non-sequel in Phase 2 won’t necessarily tie in to the rest of the Avengers-centric movies. “It’s much more of a standalone film,” he said. “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.”
As for the fourth movie in Phase 2, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Feige said there’s a lot to be excited about.
” 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. Just like with the first film — we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.'”
He added, “I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”
“Iron Man 3” is due in theaters on May 3, 2013. “Thor: The Dark World” comes out November 8, 2013. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is expected to hit theaters on April 4, 2014, and “Guardians of the Galaxy is slated for August 1, 2014.