When ‘Ant-Man’ premieres next month, Marvel Studios can fully dedicate its efforts to Phase Three. Although, the ball has already started rolling on the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is currently shooting and ‘Doctor Strange’ is likely gearing up to commence later this year. However, both are far along enough to start showing off at various conventions. And though the House of Ideas’ film division is skipping San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H this year, the MCU is making its presence known at other major industry events around the world.
During Disney’s CineEurope presentation this week in Barcelona, they covered a number of upcoming projects such as ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass,’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. But when it came to the Marvel side of things, it sounds like they brought out the big guns.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Civil War’ co-director Joe Russo kicked off this portion of the show by providing “extensive details” about the Star Spangled Avenger’s next big adventure that is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The filmmaker shared that the movie centers on “collateral damage” when an Avengers mission results in the loss of life. Russo then went on to introduce a video package highlighting the friction between Captain America and Iron Man where Robert Downey Jr. can be heard saying, “The name Civil War implies there are sides.” It doesn’t say whether he’s in character when he utters the phrase, but it definitely sounds like something Tony Stark would say in his trademark snarkiness.
Then things shifted to Scott Derrickson’s film featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. Production hasn’t started yet, so footage wasn’t available, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige appeared in a video to say that the star offers “complicated emotional structure” to the role as artist impressions of Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange were shown. Unfortunately, there’s no description of the costume, but hopefully the images will pop up after the D23 Expo later this summer.
The entire presentation was topped off with a full (though unfinished) cut of ‘Ant-Man’ ahead of its world premiere in Los Angeles next week.
It certainly sounds like True Believers in Spain were present for quite the treat. But knowing Marvel, we’ll likely see (or at least read descriptions of) some version of this presentation as the summer progresses. Until then, what do you think about these details regarding ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Doctor Strange’? Let us know in the comments below.