This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn’t be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos’ appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!

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guardians of the galaxy ending

Ever since we ran my interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige a few weeks back, I’ve been holding back this bit. It’s a really fun story Feige told me about the Guardians of the Galaxy ending. Not the ending of the plot, and not the end credits scene, just the way the film ends.

All of Marvel’s movies end in the very James Bond way of declaring their characters will be back. But, usually, that happens at the end of the credits. In Guardians, though, the declaration comes immediately after the final shot of the movie. Why? And how did Ferris Bueller’s Day Off play into it? Read Feige’s story about the Guardians of the Galaxy ending below. Read More »

Marvel female superhero movie

This weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth(!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it offers up a whole bunch of things we’ve never seen before in the MCU including a walking tree, a talking raccoon, and a one-sided dance-off. But one thing it still doesn’t offer? A lead female superhero.

Over the past few months, Kevin Feige has been fielding more and more questions about whether Marvel Studios might release a female superhero movie. Rumors of a Captain Marvel or Black Widow movie have come and gone. And through it all, Feige’s maintained the same wishy-washy stance.

In his latest interview, he says he “hopes” Marvel will offer a female lead “sooner rather than later.” It’s just that Marvel is just really busy right now. Read Feige’s comments about a Marvel female superhero film after the jump.

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Thanos Avengers Age of Ultron

The Marvel supervillain Thanos was first teased in the post-credits sequence for The Avengers, and his influence is felt in this weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy. But it’ll be a while before we really get to know him better.

Kevin Feige confirmed that the Mad Titan is “not a part” of Avengers: Age of Ultron — though in typically coy fashion, he admits “nothing’s definitive” at this point. Hit the jump for details.

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how long between avengers movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming in 2015, and we know that Marvel Studios has dated a huge set of additional films to follow. We only know the names for a few of the dates on which Marvel has planted a flag. Ant-Man hits on July 17, 2015; Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016; and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017.

One of the announced dates will be The Avengers 3, but which one? At Comic Con, Kevin Feige told us that we can expect a three-year gap between Avengers films. Read More »

guardians of the galaxy easter eggs

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Friday and hopefully you are making plans to see it. It’s truly a fun ride, jam-packed with awesomeness. However, one scene in particular is extra packed with neat stuff. That’s Benicio Del Toro‘s big scene, in which he appears as the Collector. As his name suggests, the Collector has a lot of different things in his room. Both director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige told us to be on the lookout for some exciting Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs during the scene.

Below, read their quotes about the scene which include some minor, non-plot related spoilers. Read More »

Doctor Strange supernatural

Doctor Strange is one of the next big movies on Marvel’s slate, and we’re starting to get a good picture of what the film will offer. Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing and Jon Spaihts is writing the latest script draft. While Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been in talks for the lead role, Marvel has yet to confirm the deal.

At the Marvel Studios comic con panel this evening, there was no news on Doctor Strange. But I took part in a small roundtable interview with Kevin Feige today which covered a range of topics regarding Marvel’s movies. We’ll have a full transcript soon, but I want to highlight one specific point.

I asked Feige what Doctor Strange will bring to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He enthusiastically described the notion of moving through dimensions, but in a way that is based on or at least inspired by real science. And Feige name-checks the revival of Cosmos when talking about the magic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: At the end of the Marvel Studios presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel head Kevin Feige played a video of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announcing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on July 28th 2017.

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