kevin feige

In April 2016, I visited the Atlanta set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While on set, we visited the art room, watched a sizzle reel and talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige in depth about the upcoming James Gunn-directed sequel. I am excited to finally present to you our full roundtable interview with Feige, which includes a lot of information on Guardians 2 and the future of the Marvel movie universe.

During our intervidw, Feige explains why Groot hasn’t gotten bigger, what baby Groot will sound like, the events that have happened between the last film and Vol 2, teases what role Kurt Russell‘s character Ego plays in the film, Yondu and The Ravenger’s expanded presence in the sequel, how the film’s bad guys (Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Chris Sullivan is Taserface) fit into the plot, how much of the galaxy we will see in Vol 2, will Thanos’ presence be felt, Mantis’s role in this story, how this film will play into Avengers: Infinity War, the involvement of Nova Corps, will this film be as crazy as the first movie, how did the story for Vol 2 come about, how does Quill’s Awesome Mix 2 music play into the sequel, the evolution of Marvel movie villains and addresses the #WheresBlackWidow backlash and how they promise their merchandise will be more inclusive and representative of the movies in the future. All this and more, read our entire Kevin Feige Guardians 2 interview after the jump.

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Dan Harmon Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

President Kevin Feige and key decision makers at Marvel are big fans of Community, which was made clear after they first hired directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Feige is also a fan of another show Dan Harmon is responsible for, Rick & Morty, a science-fiction series with some terrific concepts. Feige and filmmaker Scott Derrickson appreciate the far-out ideas explored in that series, as well as its often ingenious structure, so they brought him in to work on some scenes before they did reshoots for Doctor Strange. His feedback on an early cut was invaluable.

Below, learn about Dan Harmon’s Doctor Strange contributions.

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avengers infinity war score

When Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Avengers: Infinity War, it was positioned as a two-film epic crossover event that would be the culmination of everything Marvel had planned up to that point. So with both films about to start shooting concurrently, I thought it might be fun to take a look at all the characters confirmed or rumored to be part of Avengers: Infinity War, and theorize how they may play into this story.

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Kingpin MCU

Whether a character from DaredevilJessica Jones, or any of Marvel’s other shows could cross over into Marvel’s movies is just a matter of timing, Marvel chief Kevin Feige always says. If there’s one actor from one of those shows that’d like to make the jump, it’s Vincent D’Onofrio. The Kingpin actor admits, however, it’s “pretty much been said it’s not going to happen,” or at least not for a long, long time.

Below, read what else D’Onofrio had to say about the MCU.

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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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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 »