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After the success of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, many fans were disappointed that Marvel’s “Phase 3” slate of movies didn’t include a raft of new projects targeted at continuing to explore the cosmic side of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Turns out, that exploration is coming after all — in some potentially unexpected places.
“A lot of our upcoming movies will be as much up here as they are on Earth, starting with Thor: Ragnarok,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com during a visit to the set of the second Guardians of the Galaxy.
“There are three scenes on Earth in Thor: Ragnarok,” he continued. “Everything else is Asgard, and worlds that certainly, in Thor lingo, are beyond the nine realms. There are planets that we spend a lot of time on in Thor: Ragnarok that certainly people would say, oh, that’s sort of like the Guardians world — they’re just other areas of the Marvel cosmic universe.”
Beyond the third Thor, audiences should perhaps look at 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War — which brings Thanos into the spotlight as the villain of the piece — and 2019’s Captain Marvel, centering around a character who gets her powers from an alien source, as other movies that could feature extra-terrestrial influence … although who’s to say where the microverse of next year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp could end up leading?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theaters May 5.
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