Marvel have received a lot of hype surrounding their upcoming new venture GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, thanks to a wonderfully comedic trailer. With CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON also on their way, it’s time to seriously consider what Phase 3 will have to offer. We know that Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN will arrive in 2015, but Marvel have also announced dates for untitled films through to 2017. One rumoured film is DOCTOR STRANGE, the tale of a surgeon who loses the use of his hands, only to be given even more incredible powers.
4 directors have met or are scheduled to meet the folks at Marvel to discuss the potential project and they are a very varied bunch. First up is BRAVE’s Mark Andrews, which has been his only feature film to date. Obviously directors of animation have had mixed success with Brad Bird doing an excellent job with MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL but Andrew Stanton’s JOHN CARTER not doing so well. Next up on the list is Jonathan Levine, best known for small scale comedies such as 50/50 and WARM BODIES.
My personal favourite would be Nikolaj Arcel, the Danish director responsible for A ROYAL AFFAIR. He’s by far the most experienced of the four, but has yet to make a film in the English language. Finally there’s Dean Israelite, whose feature film debut, WELCOME TO YESTERDAY, is still awaiting release and won’t hit the UK until October.
It’s a wide mix, which suggests that Marvel are considering all of their options. I don’t see how any of these diectors link together, which may even suggest that perhaps they are being considered for different film, or have been asked to give their interpretation of the character. After all, the script is still yet to be written, but KUNG FU PANDA writers Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are being considered. We can expect more news about Phase 3 as the Phase 2 films come to a close.
Source: Heat Vision