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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Phase 2


While Marvel Studios’ Phase 2 plans have been described as “cosmic,” President Kevin Feige insists that label tells only part of the story.

“The Thor film and the Guardians of the Galaxy film certainly are cosmic,” he tells SFX. “Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95 percent in space. 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. And Captain America will showcase … 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 II movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ 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.”

Feige also said that while Guardians of the Galaxy is set in the same universe as The Avengers 2, “it’s much more of a standalone film” that won’t be integral to the Joss Whedon-directed sequel.

Marvel’s Phase 2 begins in May with Iron Man 3. Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.


  • Earzmundo

    so will GOTG end where AVENGERS 2 PICKS UP? sending thanos to earth? any magus? will stark use godkiller to find the SOS from starlord?

  • matt

    Whedon doesn’t like large casts, so don’t be surprised if the guardians only show up in Avengers in the form of a cosmic SOS warning earth of whats coming. At least the news of Guardians being a stand alone film will quell some of the rage going on over people not understanding rocket racoon and groot. 

    Chances are the little percentage of guardians that will be on earth will be the opening/ origin of Star Lord. As we just saw in the Guardians 0.1 issue that was out last week.  

  • Saint Reeves the arrogant

    One of his TV shows had 9 main characters! That’s huge for a TV show.

  • Ktlc3459

    I bet that everyone dies at the end of GofG, the whole team wiped out by Thanos, and then he’s coming for earth. That would be the most epic set up ever. 

  • matt

    he usually works with 6, 1 main and 5 supporting. What show that he has done has had 9 main characters? how would that even work? 

  • demoncat_4

    in other words if gotg is a stand alone film proably means no cameos to set up avengers 2 or maybe some one named as the gurdians fight thanos first

  • Saint Reeves the arrogant


    1. Mal
    2. Inara
    3. Zoe
    4. Wash
    5. Simon
    6. River
    7. Kaylee
    8. Sheppard Book
    9. Jayne

  • Dave

    Buffy’s cast was frequently larger than 6 at its heart.  Consider Season 3, with Buffy, Angel, Willow, Xander, Oz, Cordelia and Giles, with Faith and Wesley playing huge roles, not to mention ongoing villains and other supporting characters.

    Or Season 5, with Buffy, Willow, Xander, Anya, Tara, Dawn, Giles, and Spike.  That’s 8 before you even get to villains or support.

  • KeyWil

    That’d be a great way to start a new franchise, or even just to sell a movie targeted primarily towards children for the purpose of selling toys.

  • BeastieRunner

    I’m holding out hope that we get Nova in Avengers 2 or GotG, even a cameo. He’d be a great phase 3 film character.

  • matt

    the main character of firefly is Mal thats not 9 main characters thats 1 main and 8 supporting