In an interview with MTV, Marvel’s Kevin Feige discussed the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe’s “Phase 3” which include the previously announced Edgar Wright production of ANT-MAN:
“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige told MTV News during our recent interview. “Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie.”
“I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004,” he continued. “He asked me what Marvel was doing with ‘Ant-Man’ — we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”
And the often considered DOCTOR STRANGE:
“‘Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them,” he confirmed. “He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”
Both characters have ties to THE AVENGERS teams, but considering both films would be produced AFTER Joss Whedon’s AVENGERS sequel, it’s too early to tell if they will ever be included in further Avengers films. Though, Marvel’s movie-verse is all about cameos, cross-overs, and shared universe tie-ins.