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Marvel Boss Drops Hints About "Phase 2" Films

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Comic fans are already buzzing about Marvel's upcoming slate of so-called "Phase 2" movies, which include Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige, the president of production at Marvel Studios, who has overseen the billion-dollar franchise of comic adaptations, tells SFX magazine that the Thor sequel and Guardians will have a "cosmic" feel -- "...particularly Guardians, which is 95 percent in space," he said of the film based on the relatively obscure comic series about a team of Earth-protecting heroes.

Feige explained the other films are much more grounded in our reality. "I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. [Director] Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot."

"We hired our directors on [Captain America 2] because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film -- we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War II movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.'"

The busy producer said of Cap 2, "I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time."

Iron Man 3 opens May 3, and Marvel will debut a new trailer on Tuesday. Thor 2 opens Nov. 8; Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy open on April 4, 2014 and Aug. 1, 2014, respectively.

The in-development slate goes straight into 2015, with Avengers 2 debuting May 1, 2015, and Ant-Man hitting theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

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