December 30, 2015
Marvel Movie News: 'Guardians of The Galaxy 2,' 'Spider-Man,' And 'Thor: Ragnarok' Updates

Marvel movies updates include info about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and the "scale" of the Spider-Man reboot. Details have been revealed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, according to Comic Book Movie. Marvel's Phase Three plan is being launched via Captain America: Civil War next year with Tom Holland debuting as Spider-Man. There was also a Twitter tease of Holland on the set of the Doctor Strange movie, which debuts in November 2016. His involvement there is unknown.

These Marvel movies are the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three, and Feige highlights each one, giving some desirable information on what direction some of them are headed.

First is James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Marvel movie, which is to be released in 2017 and is supposed to start filming in February. Feige stated that there will be more characters added to the roster.

"There've been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and we'll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie."

The Marvel Studios president seems to counter what Gunn stated in June of this year, according to Screen Rant, where it reported there will be "fewer characters, one new." In fact, Gunn stated that the sequel will have fewer characters than the first Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel movie. During a Periscope session, Gunn mentioned how fans wanted both additional actors and characters for his next movie.

In the comic book movies, fans may wonder where Thanos may come in, but according to Feige, chances are slim he will appear in James Gunn's Guardians 2 Marvel movie.

"I wouldn't look too hard in that movie for Thanos. The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It was be, 'Oh, that's why they've been teasing this villain for five years!"

Next comes the Spider-Man movie reboot with Tom Holland. The film comes shortly after James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Feige touts that it's more focused on the teenage years of Peter Parker, which are synonymous with the older Spider-Man comics.

Feige also said it'll focus also on Parker's high school life. If fans can recall, the only semblance of Peter's high school life was in one of the first Spider-Man Marvel movies starring Tobey Maguire when he faces off with Flash Thompson.

"It's going to be as big and spectacular a Spider-Man film as has ever been made. But it's a Peter Parker story and has more opportunity to be focused on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school."

Next up to plate in the Marvel movies ensemble is Thor 3, or Thor: Ragnarok. Feige gave an update regarding this film. The name "Ragnarok" in Norse mythology is typically their version of the apocalypse. This event in the comic book world involves the elimination of Midgard (Earth) and the nine realms, according to Marvel Wikia. Comic Book Movie reported that it shouldn't be assumed that the movie title suggests the end of the world, but rather Feige explained how Thor: Ragnarok will compare to the previous two Thor films. It's the same degree of difference between the Captain America: The First Avenger and Winter Soldier Marvel movies.

"It's going to be, perhaps, as totally different from the two prior Thor movies as Winter Soldier was from the first Captain America. We want to take it to new places, we've got new characters that will show how big we're swinging on this. And we have a Hulk."

There's a lot to look forward to with the future Marvel movies and the Marvel Cinematic universe as we usher ourselves into Phase Three. So we have in order for 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Spider-Man movie reboot, and then Thor: Ragnarok. It looks like we're in for a great line-up of Marvel projects.

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