Kevin Feige Offers a Marvel Phase Three Update, Talks Thanos, Black Panther and More!

Kevin Feige updates on the Marvel Phase Three films

The stage is set and the pieces are in place for the next collection of Marvel Studios movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they’re prepared to hit the ground running with Captain America: Civil War this May, but after that come even more offerings with new corners of the world, and galaxy, set to be explored. Speaking with Empire (via CBM), Marvel Studios president and producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige opened up about the phase three films.

First up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the different versions of the team from the source material.

“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.”

On Thanos and his presence, or lack thereof, in the “Guardians” sequel, Feige said.

“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!”

On the size of the upcoming Spider-Man movie, which has been teased as being “smaller” for some time.

“Smaller scale is all relative….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.”

Regarding Thor: Ragnarok, Feige said that fans shouldn’t take that title to be a literal adaptation of the Norse apocalypse and that as fans have desired for so long, there will be very little Earth.

“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 first Captain 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… The film takes place within the cosmos primarily, which is to say, frankly, very little Earth.”

Finally, Feige spoke about Black Panther, which will star Chadwick Boseman in the title role and feature a “primarily African-American cast,” and have a connection to Avengers: Infinity War.

“This one is important,” Feige said. “It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”

Marvel’s Phase Three currently includes Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, their Untitled Spider-Man Film on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Black Panther on February 6, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part I on May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War Part II on May 3, 2019, and Inhumans on July 12, 2019, with three untitled Marvel Studios films set to premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.