As Marvel’s Phase 2 concludes with the release of Ant-Man, fans have begun to speculate that the upcoming third iteration of the studio’s cinematic universe could see an origin story set in the distant past, in a notable break with the current timeline of Marvel films.
Almost every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken place in chronological order. The one notable exception to this pattern is Captain America: The First Avenger, which detailed the character’s origins in the 1940s. That film was a period piece, however, and as the massive franchise moves forward, fans have begun to wonder if it will be the only one in the Marvel canon.
Speaking with io9, Marvel president Kevin Feige teased the possibility of another film in the cinematic universe being set in the past, something that he sees as a distinct possibility.
“Certainly we could [set another one in the past]. There are no rules. I think the majority of them will be chronological, but not all of them necessarily.”
— Equal Galaxy (@Equal_Galaxy) June 29, 2015
While Feige’s statement hardly represents a definite plan on the part of Marvel, the studio does have a number of upcoming properties that could lend themselves to an origin movie predating the current timeline. Doctor Strange has been highly anticipated by Marvel fans (as the Inquisitr has previously reported), and while he was mentioned in passing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, viewers were left with the impression that he had been acting as the Sorcerer Supreme for some time. His origin story, therefore, will likely be set out of time with the current Marvel universe, though there are other candidates to consider, as well.
— Paul Mara (@PaulMaraIreland) June 29, 2015
Black Panther is set to be introduced in Captain America: Civil War, but the density of that film’s cast, along with an upcoming solo film for the ruler of Wakanda, make it highly unlikely that Marvel will examine his origins in the third Captain America film. T’Challa’s solo movie, therefore, could be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s past, as it can likely be assumed that he will be introduced as a fully-formed character in Civil War. Cinema Blend, meanwhile, postulates that Marvel’s Inhumans could be introduced outside of the current timeline.
— ComiConverse (@ComiConverse) June 29, 2015
With Phase 3 set to kick off, lasting through the Infinity War arc and into the 2019 release of Inhumans, fans will have more than a few opportunities to see a Marvel origins film set in the cinematic universe’s past.
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