Kevin Feige Interview

By now, odds are you’re quite familiar with Kevin Feige. He’s the president of Marvel Studios and the man whose primary job is to keep the Marvel Cinematic Universe on track. Rumor says he has a bulletin board in his office with plans for Marvel movies spanning into the next decade. If anyone knows how these films connect, it’s him, because it’s his job to figure it all out and make the movies happen.

Feige’s latest film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is the biggest Marvel movie yet. It’s a feat of storytelling and action that probably would’ve seemed impossible almost 10 years ago when Marvel Studios started to come together. Things will only get bigger from here, with films plotted through 2019, including two more Avengers movies, a Spider-Man movie, and new characters such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther, the Inhumans, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man coming to movie screens. There’s also the matter of a Civil War next year.

So Kevin Feige is important, but not too important to sit down with /Film to talk about Age of Ultron. Some of what’s covered in this interview you’ve already read (the importance of Ant-Man, planning for Spider-Man, and the end credits sequence) but there’s a lot more here. Is what happened to one character permanent? How important are the dream sequences? And what did Feige think of DC’s announcement? Below, read our full Kevin Feige Interview for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

NOTE: DON’T READ THIS INTERVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. MASSIVE SPOILERS THROUGHOUT.

Avengers Costumes

There’s so much going on in this movie – characters, subplots, setting up, was there ever a time when you looked at Joss’ script, alls the footage, and wondered, ‘How are we going to make this work?’

I wouldn’t say any more than any other film. There’s always a sense in post where you go, “Whats happening?” But not more than any other. The truth is, there’s nothing in this movie where we went “Okay Joss, in two movies after this one, we’re gonna do this, so you have to do that.” We don’t do that. He developed this movie. Wrote the script. We gave notes, a bunch of back and forths of course, but once that was solidified, we then said “Where do these characters go? Here’s where we leave them, where should we pick them up next time.” As opposed to “We want to get to THIS storyline here, so we have to wedge this in. And even Thanos at the end of the first one, which was Joss’s idea to surprise people with him, we’d known about as the other movies that came out before Avengers were in the works, lead us to say, “Okay, he wants to bring this guy in, this guy connects to these stories, so now we can see to these other things underneath it.”

This one was really about the new dynamics amongst the characters, having a villain worthy of needing The Avengers to assemble, and then taking the characters to unexpected places like the Banner/Romanoff relationship. Where we leave them at the end. Tony’s journey through the whole movie and then, frankly, seeing those aspects of the movie working very well as we were plotting Captain America 3, I said, “I think its time for Civil War.” As opposed to the reverse.

Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

What are some things people should concentrate on as they rewatch this movie in the future? To me, I felt like the Scarlet Witch dreams were important.

Yeah, Joss really liked the idea of doing that. It was his idea to do that for two reasons. One to see a character take out the Avengers without throwing any punches. Which is what Wanda does in that scene. And also, being able to delve into a little bit of each of their characters. Their inner turmoil, inner angst. In the case of Cap, it’s based on some things – if you’ve watched the other movies, you know. On Thor, it’s sort of new the notion of even having anxiety, having concerns about his presence in this world. And particularly in the case of Widow, delving into her past which comic book fans may already know about but movie goers don’t. You get to see more of that and why she has red in her ledger, as they mention in the first movie.

Avengers Age of Ultron Thor Hemsworth

So is there one in particular people should pay attention to looking ahead to Phase Three?

I would say Thor’s is probably the one that’s most forward thinking. You see it in his dream, what the scepter is and how all those other infinity stones connect.

I’ll tell you something funny, which is great, working on all these movies and going from “What’s Ant-Man, is Ant-Man gonna work?” Cut to a year ago it was Guardians, “What’s Guardians again, hows that going to connect?” In some of the early screenings of Age of Ultron, when you see Thanos as the end of course, some of the comments we got back were great. Which was, “Oh I love seeing that guy from Guardians at the end.” And “I love the connection with Guardians” I was like, “Of course, more people know him from that. He did one turn of his head in The Avengers and he has a scene in Guardians.” And I love that. I love that Guardians now has its place amongst the pantheon.

Infinity Gauntlet Thor

You mention Thanos and Infinity Stones, wasn’t the gauntlet in Odin’s Vault? Where is it when we see it in the credits?

Ah, well, I won’t tell you too much but he is not grabbing it from Odin’s Vault. That is not [Odin’s Vault.]

So wherever that it is has been thought out, is specific and will be answered?

Yes.

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