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Marvel has been splitting their Cinematic Universe into 'Phases' which roughly correspond to roughly 4 years of films, capped with an Avengers film. Ant-Man resides in an odd place, being announced long before the movies in Phase 3, and being released months after Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So which Phase is Ant-Man in?

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At the Phase 3 announcement event, Marvel's Kevin Feige had a Q&A session. During which he said this:

Audience member - Phase 3 seems just enormous, and we're used to 4-5 movies in each Phase. Can you talk about your plan moving forward how many movies you're planning on putting movies in each Phase?

Kevin Feige - I don't think we set out to say any particular number. Phase 1 was 6 films. Phase 2, and for those following along, you will realize, that Ant-Man truly is the end of Phase 2, and Civil War is truly the beginning of Phase 3. So that leaves us with 6 films in Phase 2, and 9 films in Phase 3.

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    Is there any in-universe significance to the phases, or are they purely out of universe thing? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 15 '15 at 19:05
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    @DVK Purely out of universe book-keeping. Like referring to the two Star Wars trilogies as the Original vs Prequel Trilogies. I guess there's in universe significance in that a group of Avengers tends to team up at the end of one, which suggests a large existential threat to Earth. But one of the biggest shifts in the universe came from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so I dunno that we have enough data to really infer trends. – user1027 Jan 15 '15 at 19:27
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    Woah. They're going to do a Civil War movie? – System Down Jan 15 '15 at 21:16
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    @System Down: The future of superhero movies, in terms of what’s been announced, is terrifying. 2015 may, in the future, be looked back on fondly as a nice quiet year with just Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and the Fantastic Four reboot. If everything comes out as announced, 2016 and 2017 will have seven superhero movies each. – Paul D. Waite Feb 7 '15 at 15:46
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    @PaulD.Waite yeah... it's glorious. – Omegacron Jul 17 '15 at 14:09

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