It’s not that they weren’t go before, but now they ‘but now they even have a whole name: Marvel’s Phase Three, as Marvel studio head Kevin Feige told MTV:

“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige told MTV News during our recent interview. “Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie.”

“I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004,” he continued. “He asked me what Marvel was doing with ‘Ant-Man’ — we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”

So Phase one was Stan Lee, Phase Two was Roy Thomas, and Phase Three is going to be like the weird stuff from the 70s. Okay, we can live with that. What will Phase Four be? NFL Superpro, don’t forget NFL Superpro. Eventually there will be a direct to home video 2099 series, too.

Seriously, we’ve been waiting for this Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie for long, can it possibly live up to expectations?


  1. I took it as meaning “Phase 3” of Marvel *movies.* That is:

    Phase I: Raimi SPIDER-MAN films, Singer’s X-MEN, DAREDEVIL, the Thomas Jane PUNISHER, Ang Lee’s HULK, the atrocious FANTASTIC FOUR movies. Introducing the characters to film in a big, splashy way, but without the notion of a shared universe. Focus on creating multiple individual franchises — that is, Sam Raimi’s Spidey movies were a franchise, but didn’t relate to (say) the Fantastic Four movies.

    Phase II: Begins with Favreau’s first IRON MAN, where we first hear about “the Avengers Initiative.” This is where we start building a unified Marvel Cinematic Universe; tied together by cameos from Jackson and Gregg, culminating in THE AVENGERS.

    Phase III sounds like it’s going to be more auteur-driven — finding room for quirky properties within Marvel’s stable of characters, ANT-MAN or GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, things that might make fun movies on their own but that don’t further the overall arcs established in the films leading up to the Avengers franchise.

    The Phases overlap chronologically — the X-MEN series created and established during Phase I is still running, parallel with the Avengers-universe movies established in Phase II, for instance — but they don’t cross over. Part of that may have to do with the Marvel/Sony legal foofaraw over who owns the rights to what.

  2. Marvel’s Phase I-III refers to their own movie universe. Phase I was Iron Man-Avengers. Phase II is the Iron Man, Captain American and Thor sequels, Guardians and Avengers 2. Phase III is Ant-Man, Dr. Stranger and probably another sequel or two.

  3. What do you mean weird 70’s stuff? they were both created in the 60’s by Stan Lee. With Ditko C0 creating Dr S

  4. I figured Phase 1 is everything through Avengers. Phase 2 is everything after A1 and through Avengers 2. Phase 3 would bring us to A3. Each Phase is being used to build a mythology leading up to the next Avengers movie. like, all the Phase 2 stuff will have some cosmic/space elements in it for (let’s assume) Thanos in A2.

    The “phases” would have nothing to do with non-Marvel Studios movies.

  5. I’m really looking forward to these. I mean, Wright and Cornish? In the Marvel toybox? Good lord… and the Dr. Strange movie? Really looking forward to that as well, so much so that I’ve actually started an online petition to bring a wonderful actor to Marvel’s attention that I think would be perfect as Dr. Stephen Strange: Hugh Laurie.
    Anyone else agree?
    You can read about and link-to-sign the petition here:

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