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As we grow nearer to the end of 2012, assuming we survive the Mayan apocalypse, we approach the much-anticipated Marvel Phase 2. This is of course the slate of films post-'Avengers' in which the superhero members once again enjoy their own individual films, and new characters will be introduced who may then tie in to 'The Avengers 2.' So of course the question on all of our minds was where the crossovers would occur. We already know that Black Widow will appear in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' but as she appears in that storyline from the comics anyway, this is far from a gimmicky guest spot. When Tony Stark mentioned the events of New York in the 'Iron Man 3' trailer, referring to the climax of 'The Avengers,' the plot thickened. However, before we could even start fantasizing about a Bruce Banner cameo, Marvel super producer Kevin Feige revealed in an interview that Tony won't be reuniting with any of his Avenger cohorts in his next adventure.
"Iron Man 3 doesn’t feature any of the other Avengers, or Nick Fury showing up, or any of those world-blending conceits that the Phase One films had. You have to keep in mind that Iron Man 3 had been in the works for almost a year, year and a half before The Avengers was released. We’re sticking to the vision for these films, and showing once again that these characters are just as interesting alone as they are together."
I'm actually really happy about this. It's impossible to ignore the impact 'The Avengers' is going to have on Marvel movies for probably another decade, and it would therefore make sense to continue to acknowledge the overlap of the unified Marvel cinematic universe. However, we've already had four years of superhero movies that featured post-credit crossover stingers building up to 'The Avengers.' It was, in essence, the biggest viral marketing campaign of all time. I think making a clear break from SHIELD and The Avengers in order to let the titular heroes shine in their Phase 2 vehicles is smart, and lets us get reacquainted with them individually before they are thrust back together. I guess what I'm saying is, it's clear that Iron Man has been emotionally altered by the events of the blockbuster team-up, and now I'm amped to see what he does when he's on his own again.
What do you guys think? Agree this is a good thing for 'Iron Man 3,' or are you disappointed other Avengers won't be turning up?