Kevin Feige Marvel Quote Round-Up: ‘Avengers 2,’ ‘Ant-Man’ Casting, Ben Kingsley, ‘Iron Man 4,’ Hulk
Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
This week should have been dubbed “Kevin Feige Week” on the blogosphere. Fresh from the Thor: The Dark World press tour, the president of Marvel Studios is answering – and teasing – all kinds of things about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Phase 2, Phase 3, the TV spin-offs and much more. What’s crazy at point though, Feige has done so much press, it’s got to a point where he’s now answer questions about answers he gave earlier in the week, such as our exclusive quotes concerning Ultron.
Below, we have a selection of quotes from the Marvel Studios president discussing the recent Ben Kingsley news, rumored Ant-Man casting, Avengers: Age of Ultron details, more Iron Man films, a Hulk solo movie and much, much more.
The importance of Rocket Raccoon:
Rocket is the linchpin to [The Guardians Universe]. And what’s important is that he feel like a real character, just like it was important for Gollum to feel like a real character, or Caesar to feel like a real character, or Hulk to feel like a real character. On that level it’s not just the animation that is being worked on. It’s the way James [Gunn] has written the character and the way Bradley Cooper is performing the character — to hopefully make him feel as real as possible.
How Avengers: Age of Ultron is like The Avengers:
The script that’s coming together for Age of Ultron is absolutely influenced by all the movies post-Avengers that lead up to it, but at the same time structurally it’ll be able to stand on its own. It’s exciting to see exactly how different the world of the Avengers is at the beginning of Avengers 2 than it was at the end of The Avengers, in large part because of the stories in between.
On Ben Kingsley’s “secret” Marvel project:
I think the keyword here is “secret”, ha ha!
Are there other Marvel TV shows in the works?
Anything outside Agents of SHIELD that you read online is just rumours. People are guessing what we do next. I can’t speak much about television, because that’s not what I do. We have a TV division, run by Jeph Loeb, that is doing the Agents of SHIELD show. They’re certainly talking about things in the success of Agents of SHIELD, other opportunities and other TV show, but I don’t know what those are.
Was Oscorp going to be in The Avengers?
It’s something we talked about very, very shortly. It became a point of interest in the press, which I understand. The deal was never close to happen.
On an Iron Man 4 and Robert Downey Jr.
Well, if I believe Tony Stark to be James Bond, then there would be and Iron Man 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… What is James Bond on at? Twenty?….[Robert Downey Jr.'s return] is the question. And again, that’s a question we won’t have to face until after Avengers 3. So that’s at least five or six years away.
Possible elaboration on saying Ultron is a threat The Avengers see coming?
It will be clear why they have come back together in this film. Which I hope kind of makes it clear retroactively why they didn’t get together at the end of Iron Man 3. Why they didn’t get together to help Thor save London in this film. Some of that will be clear in Captain America : The Winter Soldier. And I think I’ve said that Cap 2 is the link between Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
On Ultron’s possible origin having to do with Tony Stark:
We are adapting his origins from the comics, and in the comics it was Hank Pym. Hank Pym is not in Age of Ultron, so we are tweaking it. We do think there’s another character we have that is quite good with AI, so smart people can make assumption which I can not confirm or deny (He smiles while saying this).
Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumors:
There was rumors that there was discussions. Sometimes rumors are true, sometimes they’re not true. The only thing that is true, is that Edgar Wright is officially in pre-production, he comes to the Marvel office everyday, he and his Marvel partner are tweaking the draft, and we are beginning to have casting discussions. But beyond that, everything is a rumor.
On a Hulk solo movie:
We have been discussing after Avengers what that would be, what that would look like. It’s really Mark Ruffalo portrayal of Bruce Banner, in the way Joss Whedon brought him to life in Avengers that worked. It’s even why you ask me that question. Which is good, we wanted that to happen, we wanted people to come out of Avengers saying The Hulk was their favorite character or at least on of their favorite. The fact that it did happen, was awesome. So, you know, all of the effort related to Hulk right know is going to Age of Ultron. It’s exciting, because he hasn’t been in any other film, so you can expect to have a lot of Bruce Banner and Hulk in Age of Ultron. Where we go after that ? We’ll see. It will be a little while before we figure that out but, we do think there’s plenty of opportunities with the Ruffalo Banner.