First thing last. The Avengers 2 is scheduled to cap off Phase 2 and make dumptrucks full of money on May 1, 2015. While the first film was shot principally in New Mexico, it appears that the sequel will head across the Atlantic. Screen Daily has the news that production on The Avengers 2 is set to film at Pinewood-Shepperton Studios outside London. Pre-production will begin late this year, with principal photography getting underway early in 2014.
Marvel is feeling increasingly home at Pinewood. Thor: The Dark World recently finished up production there, and penultimate Phase 2 movie Guardians of the Galaxy is shooting at the storied space this summer under the direction of James Gunn.
Moving on. Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 - Avengers Assembled – the six-movie, ten-disc behemoth of a Blu-ray set that was delayed due to some litigation over the case last year – is now on sale. Naturally, the set includes a little video tease of Phase 2 so as to ensure that Marvel's still riding high when the Phase 2 set comes out in 2016.
The good folks at Marvel have offered up a minute-long snippet of this Phase 2 sneak peek. It's focused pretty much exclusively on Tony Stark, as Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige discusses the creation of the shared universe and just where Stark's headed in Iron Man 3, hitting theaters on May 3rd.
Give it a watch and feel a bit of nostalgia for Nick Fury saying, "Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet."
Finally, we have the main course. Four pieces of concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, set for release on April 4, 2014, and August 1, 2014, respectively.
The first of these four images revealed by Geek Zenith is from Cap's next adventure, which should begin production any day now. The art shows Steve Rogers, played again by Chris Evans, going mano a mano against the eponymous Winter Soldier, who is, in fact, Cap's old sidekick Bucky, played by Sebastian Stan. The artwork suggests the look of the brainwashed mercenary will hew closely to the his comic book appearance, with his robo-arm giving him an edge against Cap's shield.
The other three images are from Guardians of the Galaxy, and they're appropriately sci-fi. One shows a cool alien landscape and another gives us a feel for the spaceships we'll be seeing, but the highlight is the concept image featuring the whole gang in what appears to be an interstellar dive bar. So far, only Peter Quill and Drax the Destroyer have been cast, with Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista joining the big happy Marvel family.