Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor. All of them were only phase one leading up to the glory that was The Avengers. Each movie worked to create an individual franchise that was then able to merge together to form yet another franchise. The phase one movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was only the beginning. The success of the initial phase has allowed for new movies to come about.
Phase Two and Beyond
We are in the early stages of Phase Two. So far we have been treated to Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World comes out this fall. The rest of the phase will include Captain America: the Winder Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. With the inclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is taking the first steps away from the initial characters portrayed in Phase One and most of Phase Two. It is almost like their test to see how well testing the waters with lesser known franchises. It is quite a risky chance to take as well. Not only is Guardians of the Galaxy a lesser known part of the Marvel Universe it is also one of the more out there franchises. Even Star-Lord is only half human, among a cast of aliens.
While Phase Two may only have one new venture into the depths of Marvel, Phase Three will likely more new jumps into unfamiliar territory. The hype about Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has been growing since word first came out when we were still in Phase One. Ant-Man is a staple in the Avengers crew, but he isn’t known to many people who don’t pay attention to comics. It’ll be fascinating to see how people react when they see a man in a suit that can shrink. I also wonder if the movie will also touch on his suit allowing him to be Giant Man too.
Ant-Man is far from the only new franchise Marvel could be looking at when it comes to Phase Three. Black Panther and Doctor Strange have been in the limelight for months as rumors of those two possibly having their own movies. Both characters are extremely interesting and possibly more tangible than Guardians of the Galaxy. But what other characters could be brought in to fill in the rest of Phase Three or even for Phase Four. I’m certain some of the franchises will be build and get sequels, but new characters will need to be continually brought in. Marvel has regained the rights to Daredevil and Blade, so those are movies that could be redone under the watchful eye of Marvel this time. Don’t hold your breath for Marvel doing anything with Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, or X-Men any time soon though.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been so successful that it has spurred DC to follow in Marvel’s footsteps. For years, Warner has been trying to get a Justice League together. It wasn’t until they saw the success of the Avengers that they saw it was possible to have a successful movie filled with already larger than life characters. Now DC is plowing forward with Superman and we’re likely to see another DC hero movie before a Justice League is cobbled together. But unless, the Superman/Batman fails miserably, we will see it come to fruition. The question is will the DC universe be able to draw in an audience to the same caliber that Marvel can draw in an audience?
Why Marvel Cinematic Universe Works
Needless to say, I am excited about what is to come in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are a lot of interesting characters and storylines for the creators to explore. Personally, I think that the Marvel Cinematic universe works best because there is a core group of people coordinating the whole thing. Kevin Feige keeps everything in line and cohesive and that continuity makes the films more enjoyable. It is also very clear that time is spent on each movie making sure that it isn’t just filled with cheap thrills. The people at Marvel are out to make good movies and not just a good franchise. Sure, some of them aren’t as good as others. Some fall more in the mediocre range, but others fall in the great range. As long as none of the films start falling into the bad range and the continuity continues, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will thrive.
Personally, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can’t wait to consume more. Thor: The Dark World, I’m ready for you.
Which of the upcoming Marvel films are you most interested in? What Marvel characters would you like to see have their own movie?