Originally Posted by MessiahDecoy123
Why not wait till phase 4 to expand to other parts of Marvel Universe?
Building up towards Avengers 3 should be the highest priority which means introducing important new Avenger members like the Black Panther and Ant Man.
That's your opinion, but it might not be the direction Marvel is choosing to go. I actually think they're doing both
simultaneously. They are
planning an Ant-Man movie ("introducing an important new Avengers member," as you said) as well as planning a Doctor Strange movie (expanding the territory of the MCU). And again, let's not complain about Black Panther's exclusion until Phase 3 officially excludes him.
It's important to note that while each phase does culminate with a big team-up or big event movie, Marvel is trying to make each individual film in each phase unique and compelling all on their own. Iron Man 3 will probably be as tied to Avengers 2 as the first Iron Man movie was to the Avengers--easter eggs and a teaser after the credits.The rest of the first Iron Man movie (95% of it) wasn't about building up towards the Avengers--it was about Tony Stark's journey. A Doctor Strange movie can be the same way, even if Phase 3 culminates in Avengers 3.
Also, I disagree that they should wait until phase 4 to expand to other parts of the Marvel Universe. You don't want the audience to think your whole cinematic universe is focused on and directly related to only 6 or 7 superheroes.