darth vader in guardians of the galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy almost wasn’t the musically-driven ode to the ’80s that we know and love today. Instead, the film’s nod to Peter Quill being the lone human in a wacky space opera would have been a Darth Vader cameo. Or rather, a Darth Vader action figure cameo.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is famously a huge Star Wars nerd and wanted to originally incorporate that into 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, at director James Gunn’s suggestion, that brief appearance of Darth Vader — a moment of corporate synergy Feige thought of before Disney had even acquired Lucasfilm — was replaced by Peter Quill’s Walkman. And we were immediately hooked (on a feeling).

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Blade reboot

There’s been chatter and rumors now and then about bringing back the vampire-hunting “Daywalker,” Blade. The character was revived for a short-lived television series, but it’s been almost 13 years since we last saw the stylish vamp killer on the big screen. A Netflix series similar to Daredevil and Jessica Jones was rumored after the character rights returned to Marvel, but nothing came of it. After the recent success of R-rated comic book movies like Logan and Deadpool, it now feels the right time to bring the character back…but according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, there are no immediate plans for him. But he’ll be back. “Someday.”

This all ties into a lesson Feige learned from Stephen Norrington‘s 1998 Blade movie.

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Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War

With Spider-Man: Homecoming less than two weeks from its release, the film’s press tour is in full swing (yes, pun intended). That means a steady stream of revelations about the future of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, the level of the character’s involvement in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and much more.

Read on for the latest Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War news, as well as some clarification about Venom, and a reference in Homecoming that seems worth looking out for.
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spider-man homecoming sequel

The last nine years and 16 films have been building up to the climactic face-off between the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Big Bad, Thanos. And it will all happen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and the mysterious Avengers 4 — two movies that are set to change the MCU as we know it. But what happens after that?

The movie dealing with the repercussions of the third and fourth Avengers film won’t be a sweeping Thor epic or another Captain America, but the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. And as the only movie with a set release date after Avengers 4, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel has the huge job of kicking off Phase 4 of the MCU. All in Peter Parker’s junior year.

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james gunn trolls fake kevin feige

This fake Kevin Feige Instagram account would’ve found out about all of Marvel’s well-kept secrets and gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids! Well, more like if James Gunn hadn’t realized immediately that it was a troll account and started trolling back in kind.

It’s always a fun day on the Internet when Gunn decides to go, as he says it, full “twelve year old” and troll a fake account posing as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that had direct messaged him on Instagram. And the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director posted the entire interaction on Facebook for our viewing pleasure.

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Kevin Feige on Marvel vs DC Rivalry

The Marvel-DC rivalry has long spiraled out of control, and there’s probably little that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige can say to douse the flames of the ongoing online war. But hey, at least he tried.

In an extensive Facebook Live Q&A, Feige talked about how the Marvel vs. DC Comics feud doesn’t extend to the people working at the studios. He also talked about the possibility of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tackling an R-rated movie in the vein of Deadpool or Logan.

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Venom won't be in a Marvel Studios movie

Earlier today, Spider-Man star Tom Holland confirmed that two more Spidey sequels are in the works, and I’m sure speculation has already begun about which villains the ol’ webhead might end up facing off against in the years to come. But there’s one character it seems like fans can safely take off the table: the alien symbiote Venom.

In a new interview, Marvel mega-producer and creative guru Kevin Feige explains why Venom won’t be in a Marvel Studios anytime soon. Hit the jump to learn what Feige said about the Venom MCU possibilities.
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Disney XD Spider-Man Homecoming Featurette

The release of Spider-Man: Homecoming is under a month away, and in order to keep the hype train moving along, Marvel Studios has released an extensive featurette going behind the scenes of the movie.

This 22-minute featurette from Disney XD, titled A Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming, has interviews with star Tom Holland, as well as his co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya and Michael Keaton, not to mention director Jon Watts, as well as Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, who calls Spidey the greatest superhero of all time. This is the most footage we’ve seen from the movie so far, as well as the most revealing look behind the scenes.

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Richard Donner Tribute - Geoff Johns and Kevin Feige

Today comic book movies are all the rage. In fact, there are so many that every now and then there’s a thinkpiece talking about the possibility of superhero fatigue, though the box office shows that seems to be more of a wish from certain critics rather than something that’s actually happening. If anything, audiences are just getting smarter about what kind of comic book movies they want and the subgenre is evolving. But we may have never gotten the superhero movies of today if it wasn’t for one man.

Richard Donner was the first filmmaker to bring a comic book superhero to the big screen in a respectable way with Superman: The Movie back in 1978. But beyond that, Donner also gave Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns their first jobs in the entertainment industry when they were fresh out of college, and the two offered up a tribute to the director recently at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Marvel movie and TV crossover - Kevin Feige

Most people working behind the scenes of Marvel Studios have been doubtful at best regarding the chances of a crossover happening between the films and TV shows of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige didn’t rule it out but said “it all depends on timing” while Jeph Loeb said coordinating schedules to make it work can be difficult when you consider how fast-paced a television show’s schedule is compared to a movie.

On the other end of the spectrum, after making the jump from film to television, Clark Gregg lamented that “corporate stuff” was keeping a crossover from happening while his Agents of SHIELD co-star Chloe Bennett was a little more critical of Marvel Studios for essentially ignoring their ABC show.

Now Kevin Feige sounds somewhat more amiable about a Marvel movie and TV crossover happening, though he makes it sound like it won’t be happening anytime soon. Find out what the Marvel Studios boss had to say below. Read More »