Marvel may introduce fans to the big screen version of Doctor Strange in a few weeks, but studio head Kevin Feige already is thinking about the bigger picture, and a film that hasn’t even begun shooting yet.
Speaking with IGN during a sneak preview event for Doctor Strange, Feige shared the challenges the studio has faced already, and what lies ahead for the Marvel cinematic universe:
“When Tony Stark and Stark Industries and the world of that first movie was the definition of the cinematic universe, the question was how do you bring a soldier from World War II into that in a way that makes sense? How do you bring a Norse god from a whole other planet into that in a way that makes sense? How do you introduce flying aircraft carriers into that? That was the challenge.
“Now – particularly after Avengers, after Guardians, after this movie – the sky’s the limit with where we go.”
And what about the good doctor? With his skillset, how does he fit into the equation, and what will his role be when Infinity War arrives?
“He’s not all powerful. Without giving too much away, he’s not an expert when he faces off against the things he has to face off with in this movie, even toward the end of the movie. So there’s a learning curve for him, which is always fun for all of the heroes – and they face a pretty tough dude in the next Avengers movie.”
That next Avengers movie is expected to feature the most epic gathering of superheroes yet, including the entire roster of the Avengers, along with Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Captain Marvel. But even though Infinity War will shoot back-to-back with the fourth installment of the Avengers franchise, Feige is quick to point out that these are no longer two hales of the same story, as originally planned:
“There’s a reason we have publicly called the first one ‘Infinity War’ and the second one ‘Untitled,’ because the movies we were developing were not – certainly there’s a connection, there are with all our movies – but it’s not a first part and a second part. It’s a whole movie and a whole story, and then a whole movie and a whole story. That’s about all I can say.”
When pressed about whether or not fans could expect members of Marvel’s Netflix lineup to appear on the big screen in either of the upcoming Avengers sequels, Feige would only say “Spoilers!” Take that as you will, but at least it’s not a denial.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018.
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