Marvel’s Phase 2 officially kicks off, this week, with the release of Iron Man 3. Here are some pieces of Phase 2 news, from around the interweb.
Iron Man 3
First things first, a week ahead of its May 3 North American release date, Iron Man 3 has already hit 79% of foreign market box offices and proceeded to make $198.4 million (which tops The Avengers’ overseas open of $185.1, a year ago). It’s hard to imagine Iron Man 3 being able to stay ahead of The Avengers, but this start would definitely seem to indicate Iron Man 3 is well on its way to being 2013’s first billion dollar movie.
Here’s the final television trailer for Iron Man 3:
Thor: The Dark World
The next film on Marvel’s slate is November’s Thor: The Dark World. While there have been some mixed reactions to the film’s first trailer, by Odin’s beard, this Asgardian sequel will undoubtedly be awesome (although, if Phase 1 is any lesson, its box office receipts aren’t likely to match those of Iron Man 3).
In an interview with IGN, the film’s Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) spoke about her character’s relationship with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster (warning: a little spoilery):
Well, I think that everyone can tell from the trailer that Jane comes to Asgard, which could pose a threat. You know, we’re bringing someone from another realm into our realm who technically shouldn’t be able to survive there. So I think she’s really, more than seeing Jane as a threat to somebody that she loves in a love triangle way, it’s more that Jane could be a threat to her people. And Sif is very protective of her fellow Asgardians and the throne and that sort of thing, so she’s quite wary of Jane. But also, she really, really loves Thor — as a comrade, as a warrior and as the future king of Asgard — but also as a man. So I think it’s very hard for her to see that he still has feelings for this other person. But you really get to see how much she loves him because she does end up sacrificing a lot. It’s a great part this time around. It was a lot of fun, and you get to see a more vulnerable side of Sif. You also get to see more of Asgard, the daily life in Asgard and the Warriors [Three] and where they come from, things like that. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
An Asgardian Love Triangle (which is basically a regular love triangle, but with more honor), I can get behind that. There’s also a mention of Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) bringing a grittier look to the movie, and that’s really the thing I was most excited about, way back when it was announced that he would be the film’s director.
They also mention Alexander potentially playing Wonder Woman; she’d be a good second choice… after the perfect choice: Gina Carano. Gemma Arterton has also been discussed, elsewhere, but we’ve already established that she would be Hawkgirl, dammit.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie sat down with Moviefone to discuss Pain & Gain, and Captain America: The Winter Soldierpredictably came up; Mackie plays The Falcon in the Captain America: The First Avenger sequel (very, very minor spoilers in the quote):
First, I’ll say that being a part of it is great. I think that Marvel has it down to a science and they’ve been very deliberate about what they want and what they don’t want out in the world. And they’re very focused on timelines as far as releases and stuff. This movie, “Captain America,” has kind of become “Avengers 1.5”; if you look at the cast they’ve put together, if you look at the number of characters that are in this movie. I mean, it’s a huge number of superheroes and characters. The basic idea is that you have Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon that get together to take down the Winter Soldier.
This is music to my ears. It’s just further confirmation that Marvel is not only not pulling any punches with Phase 2’s budget, but they’re going all-in with adapting the comics to the screen; I love it.
The Avengers 2
Nothing new with Guardians of the Galaxy, but we’ll leave you with this interview Joss Whedon gave Yahoo! Movies, at the Iron Man 3 premiere in Hollywood. In it, Whedon seems to potentially, maybe, somewhat give away a hint about some characters that could be in The Avengers 2.
Personally, I’m not sure this is a legitimate revelation (and not just a cruel tease), but some have speculated that he could be referring to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, two characters to whom Marvel doesn’t currently own the rights. We have a couple of years to find out.
Whedon is also asked about Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, an subject that has since been further expounded upon.
How are you feeling about Marvel’s Phase 2, so far?