Spider-Man in Captain America Civil War

I remember watching the trailers for The Avengers and seeing that shot of the Marvel’s superhero team facing down the giant flying leviathan in the streets of New York and just knowing that I was looking at the film’s climactic moments, at the final threat Iron Man and Captain America and the rest of the crew would face. That just turned out to be canny marketing, as that giant beastie was one of many and Marvel had accomplished something pretty damn cool: it managed to hide its biggest surprises from audiences until they were in the theater.

So I remember that moment whenever the folks representing Marvel Studios play coy with the details and dodge questions and don’t explain who certain actors are playing. It’s for our own good! That brings us to today’s little comic book news blast, as Michael Keaton has been finally confirmed to be playing the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming while Zendaya remains tight-lipped about her role in the film.

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avengers: Infinity War fan art

A year ago, Disney announced three untitled Marvel movies for the year 2020, and we still have no idea what they might be. We’ve speculated, and speculated some more, but Marvel has not given any clues about which of their comic book franchises will be taking these release dates, until now. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige hints that Marvel’s 2020 movies might be a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4.

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Doctor Strange

It’s no surprise that Doctor Strange ends with text on the screen announcing that “Doctor Strange will return” as Kevin Feige and Benedict Cumberbatch have already confirmed that Steven Strange will join the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Infinity War. And if you’ve seen the Doctor Strange credits scenes, then you probably have some guesses as to how the Sorcerer Supreme will be involved in Marvel Studios’ epic crossover event film.

A couple of weeks back I talked with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Doctor Strange (you can read the first part of the interview here). I held back some more spoiler-y discussion for after the film’s opening weekend with Feige talking about how Doctor Strange will be involved in Infinity War and how the film sets up new dimensions to be explored in Infinity War and the yet-to-be-titled sequel Avengers 4. Hit the jump to see what Feige said about Doctor Strange in Infinity War and how the film might set up changes for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Kevin Feige

There is almost no better interview in Hollywood than Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige. He’s the mastermind over the Marvel Cinematic Universe and always has the best responses, even if he sometimes slyly avoids giving a direct answer. I think only Damon Lindelof did this kind of interview better when he was showrunner of Lost.

I’ve always been very curious about the Marvel development process — the way a Marvel movie is put together as it seems so different from traditional movie-making. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is plotted over five years in advance, and each standalone film needs to fit into the larger progression of the story. At what point did Marvel even begin thinking of a Doctor Strange movie? How does a director pitch to get the job? At what point does someone like Dan Harmon become involved in the project?

Doctor Strange also introduces the idea of time manipulation to the MCU (Strange has a variety of otherworldly abilities in the comics, this being one of them). So the time travel paradox-obsessed part of me had to ask about the potential problems this might pose for the future of the MCU. All this and more, after the jump.

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Inhumans

Marvel Studios’ Inhumans movie was announced at the now infamous El Capitan Phase Three event, only later to be dogged by cancellation rumors before being yanked from Disney’s release calendar altogether. While many fans have assumed that we’ll never see an Inhumans movie, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says it will eventually happen, it’s just a matter of when. Hit the jump to hear what Feige said about the Inhumans movie and the possibility of seeing it on the big screen as part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Captain America Movie Without Steve Rogers

Marvel Studios has helped make lots of comic book characters even more popular than they ever were before hitting the big screen. That means plenty of people are aware that Captain America is a mantle that hasn’t always been taken up by Steve Rogers. There have been a variety of storylines that have seen Steve Rogers taken out of the equation, opening the door for either Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) or Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier) to become Captain America. But is that something that can happen in the movies?

Many fans have started to speculate that Captain America will be one of the superheroes that finally bites the dust when Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4, taking Chris Evans out of the red, white and blue, and allowing Anthony Mackie or Sebastian Stan to pick up the shield. Now Kevin Feige has confirmed that it’s possible, at least in theory. Read More »

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Netflix’s grimy little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has really flourished in the past couple of years, with all the leading heroes now preparing to team up in 2017’s The Defenders. Meanwhile, the big-screen side of the MCU is still chugging along nicely, with all their leading heroes set to come together in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. But could the Defenders ever make the leap to the movies? According to Marvel chief Kevin Feige, it’s a matter of “timing.” Read More »

Brie Larson Captain Marvel director

Captain Marvel was first announced in 2014, but it won’t hit theaters until 2019, which is why progress on the film has felt like such painfully slow going. Still, Marvel took a very encouraging step forward this summer when they confirmed Brie Larson as the lead superhero. Now the next big task will be locking down a director, which Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says they’ll do by the end of the year.

In a new interview, he explains why it’s taken them so long to find a Captain Marvel director, and what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first solo leading female superhero. Here’s a hint: he describes Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel as “by far the strongest character we’ve had.”  Read More »

Spider-Man Cartoon

When will we learn the origin of Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD? Want to see Kevin Feige‘s one of a kind Hot Toys figure of himself? What easter egg was originally planned for Doctor Strange but ended up taken out? Who is Ben Affleck’s son’s favorite superhero? Want to see Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch do a magic trick? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be an Origin Story

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When someone eventually gets around to writing that comprehensive book tracking the history and evolution of the modern superhero movie, there needs to be a chapter dedicated to how audiences have grown alongside comic book adaptations. Once upon a time, these movies had to meet the viewer halfway. Yellow costumes became black leather and so on. These days, audiences are more than willing to just roll with the punches. Movies like Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad simply wouldn’t have existed a decade ago.

And because of this shift, origin stories have become something of a dirty word. They’re passé. We can now meet a new Peter Parker and just accept that this guy is Spider-Man and get going. So the news that Captain Marvel will be an origin story is interesting…and it actually says something about the state of the modern superhero movie.

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