February 14, 2014
DOC STRANGE Happening And GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Is Not?
It's looking like a clash of conflicting rumors, concerning Marvel's Phase Three. We previously heard from JoBlo, that Marvel Studios is aiming to release Guardians of The Galaxy 2 in 2016. That news is being refuted by SchmoesKnow, who state that Marvel isn't even considering a GOTG sequel. Claiming, Guardians is a one-off and won't be sequels (something that conflicts with what we've seen with other Marvel movies).
I doubt they know this for sure. If the movie makes $500 million or more at the box office, Marvel will have reasons to continue with more installments (actors have already signed contracts which include many more movies). Money might not motivate their overall plans, as we've seen the studio somewhat abandon the prospect of making Iron Man 4 (RDJ holding up it's development, might be the real reason behind that). The studio putting aside a franchise which launches their massive cosmic universe (which Marvel compares to Star Wars), sounds very untrue to me.
They also state that Doc Strange will indeed take the final spot in Phase Three. The rest of the lineup has been slowly leaking out Ant-Man (confirmed for July 2015), Thor 3 (script is in development), Captain America 3 (directors The Russo Brothers outlining story) and Avengers 3.
Marvel's own Kevin Feige has pretty much confirmed Strange for Phase Three, months back. Since then, he's been talking-up the property. We've also been hearing casting tidbits, a search for a director going back to fall 2012 and possible news of script rewrites (studio is looking for a writer/director to handle Strange).
The site also hints that Black Panther and Inhumans, will be saved for Phase Four (I've been hearing this for about a year, and is really old news).
It seems more like logical guesses based on "actual key statements" from Kevin Feige and recent sequel announcements, rather than actual new information. The Schmoes setup their source as someone who has revealed key MCU secrets before, but the site isn't really known for their Marvel scoops. To be fair, neither is JoBlo, who really only had one big Marvel scoop (Ronan The Accuser villain in GOTG) in the last year.
Strange is more likely at this point, as Gunn is busy as hell with post-production on Guardians. Doc has a draft (it needing rewrites is speculation at this point, but very likely) in place, and the hunt for a director has been a priority for over a year. Kevin Feige himself stating that we'd see two sequels and two new characters in Phase Three, which would mean Ant-Man and Strange are our new characters.
Kevin Feige confirmed Strange for Phase Three, all the way back in January of 2013 to MTV. I'm curious why we're even debating the film being apart of Phase Three, as Kevin is the man in-charge of the whole studio.
"'Doctor Strange,' which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them," he confirmed. "He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he's totally different from anything else we have, just like 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' He's totally different from anything we've done before, as is 'Ant-Man,' which keeps us excited."