Some of us expected major announcements at one of Marvel Studios‘ Comic-Con panels. Last year’s convention was much, much better for Marvel fans — they learned about Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. This year… well, we got Avengers: Age of Ultron, which isn’t at all bad — but still, I thought maybe, just maybe, Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon would be kind enough to tell us what they’re planning to do with Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and many other superheroes who have been rumored to get their own movies.
Collider recently asked Kevin Feige about Marvel Studios’ plans to reveal their Phase 3 line-up and he said the following:
“Well, it’s only 2013 now, but I think it would probably be, at the earliest, a year from now.”
Ok, you can stop yelling at your computer now. Are you done? Good. Yeah, pretty frustrating, huh? If you’re a die-hard Iron Man fan, it gets worse. The Marvel Studios president of production also talked about the odds of Robert Downey Jr. reprising the iconic role of Tony Stark beyond Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“I’ve said it before and it wasn’t negotiating tactics. I believe Tony Stark is as strong a character as Batman. We’re about to head into our fifth or sixth Batman – however, you wanna look at it – James Bond, etc. So, there will absolutely be future Tony Starks and future Iron Mans. Who makes those movies, and when those movies are made, who knows? I don’t know. But, the notion with Robert’s contract in The Avengers 2 & 3, is to allow new characters. Part of what we love about The Avengers is the shifting roster. That’s what’s fun about the comic book movies. You shift them up. So, certainly that was a lot of the thought process that went into it.”
Well, there you have it. Absolutely devastating news, wouldn’t you say? Should Marvel Studios reveal their Phase 3 plans as soon as possible, or do you not mind waiting? Sound off below.