Marvel's Kevin Feige talks Avengers, Marvel sequels, Amazing Spider-Man and Shane Black

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Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ President, certainly is a busy man. Four years and five different movies worth of world-building will eventually be paying off in a few weeks when Joss Whedon’s Avengers finally hits our screens. But that’s just the beginning, as the superhero-palooza smash-up will be setting the scene for all future Marvel movies.

Feige has been doing the press rounds and spoke to both ComingSoon and Collider about what to expect to from the next wave of sequels, his early impressions of Amazing Spider-Man, dropping hints about an Edgar Wright collaboration, and spilling some details on the first film to take place in this new landscape, Iron Man 3, which sees Robert Downey Jr team up once again with writer/director Shane Black, the man who you could say was responsible for his career rebound.

Feige dropped quite a bit info across the two interviews, so I’ve taken out some of the highlights for your reading pleasure.

Despite it being a Sony and not Marvel move, Feige has seen a cut of Amazing Spider-Man and here’s what he thought:

“Yes.  It’s excellent.  It’s not finished, but what I saw was very encouraging and very good.  And the whole notion of [I hate that they] “reboot this, that” should go away when people actually see the movie.”

On what the post-Avengers sequels (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2) will be about and whether they will be building up to Avengers 2:

“There will be various levels of seeds and Easter eggs. The mandate is always to make the best movie possible regardless of where we’re heading or what fun little Easter eggs we want to do. The movies have to work in and of themselves, so ‘Iron Man‘ and ‘Thor‘ will be more individualized and more focused just on their stories. ‘Captain America‘ will be a pure Steve Rogers story, but have more in common with the backdrop of ‘Avengers.'”

“Tony Stark can go home to Malibu and deal with his own circle of friends and his own sort of military industrial complex that the world of Stark Industries inhabits. Thor as you will see initially leaves the planet and goes back to Asgard and has to deal with the Nine Realms, and to reconnect with Jane Foster. Cap is the only one that can’t go home again. His home is gone, and how he deals with the modern era will be the crux of that movie.”

On how Thor 2 ties into the events of The Avengers:

“Look, the way The Avengers is constructed, not a lot of time passes over the course of the movie and whether it’s Cap or Thor on the ground in the States here in modern day, they don’t have a lot of time to deal to deal with their own stories, they’ve gotta deal with the stories of The Avengers.  So while the relationship between Loki and Thor certainly has changed and has progressed, a lot of Thor 2 is picking up where it left off in terms of Jane, who you just saw for a moment on a computer monitor, and also what’s been going on in the nine realms without the Asgardians being able to use the Bifrost?  I will just say it’s not good.”

“Loki has a part, but there will be a different villain, another big villain.  But you can’t do a Thor movie without Loki.”

On the hiring of writer/director Shane Black for Iron Man 3:

“We said, ‘Hey, who can bring a new spark to Tony Stark?’ Shane Black has been doing that his whole career, taking the tropes of whether it’s a noir picture in ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ of defining and then redefining the action genre in the ’80s and ’90s and redefining the buddy cop genre, obviously with ‘Lethal Weapon.’ That’s what he’s done and clearly helping to bring back Robert Downey Jr–‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang‘ was a big influence for us in helping make our decision to hire Robert in the first place.”

“So it’s incredibly exciting for us. It’s been over a year now that Shane’s been working on the movie with his co-writer Drew Pearce, and it’s very exciting what’s going to be happening to Tony Stark in about five weeks.”

On what the Iron Man 3 script currently looks like:

“Well I’m very pleased, and on any Iron Man movie the way the script is right now and the way the movie will be then are two different things, but we’ve been working with Shane for a year already, which is astounding to me and to him.  Let’s put it this way: all of these movies and the way we make these movies and the way we lay out these movies comes from a gut instinct.  A gut instinct for the way we should introduce Thor to the world, a gut instinct that we’ve gotta go period with Captain America, a gut instinct of “let’s make all these movies first then do Avengers.”  The gut instinct on the next phase and phase two is to not have Iron Man 3 be a pseudo-Avengers 2 just like we didn’t want Avengers 1 to be a pseudo-Iron Man 3 and now that you’ve seen it it’s not at all that.  That’s feeling like the right choice.”

“Iron Man 3 is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie—and I’ll tell you because you’re a good guy—is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1.  Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it.  He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.”

On the rumours going around on Twitter that Edgar Wright (who has long been said to be working on an Ant-Man movie) had recently filmed something for Marvel:

“He did not. But I saw that tweet as well and thought, “Did he do something for us? No?” No, it wasn’t for us. But pay attention to his tweets in the coming months; that answer might change.”

There are a number of other nuggets of info to be found in the full interviews, so I suggest you go read them!

Last Updated: April 16, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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