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 »

‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be an Origin Story

captain marvel origin

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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‘Doctor Strange’ IMAX Featurette Gets Trippy

Doctor Strange featurette

We’ve seen some pretty weird stuff over the past eight years and 13 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, visiting other planets and even other realms. But Doctor Strange has the potential to  be the most out-there MCU movie yet. A new Doctor Strange featurette offers a look at some of the trippy Steve Ditko-inspired visuals we’ll see in the movie — just in time to convince you to shell out extra for IMAX 3D when tickets go on sale today. Watch the latest Doctor Strange featurette below.  Read More »

Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the RunawaysMads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.

If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.

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Why No Avengers Died in Captain America Civil War

Despite the fact that most of The Avengers went head-to-head in Captain America: Civil War, not one of them died. Sure, War Machine (aka James Rhodes) walked away with a bit of a physical impairment, but that’s about as bad as it got for our heroes. However, directors Anthony & Joe Russo confirm that they once talked about killing off various characters in the sequel, including Captain America himself.

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