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Kevin Feige on the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As excited as we all are for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers to debut on May 4, it’s but one rung in the ladder that Marvel Studios has been building since 2008’s Iron Man, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is one of the guys in charge of that ladder. Feige talked to plenty of reporters at last week’s world premiere of The Avengers and gave out some hints as to what to expect in the future from Marvel. We’ve known for a while that, in addition to more installments in the Thor, Captain America and Iron Man franchises, the producers also have projects in the works based on Ant-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans. The only official news right now is that Iron Man 3 will open on May 3, 2013, Thor 2 on Nov. 15, 2013, and Captain America 2 on April 4, 2014, and that there’s a fourth, unnamed film on the slate for 2014.

On the subject of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, Feige confirmed to Crave Online it will be based on the current incarnation of the team, and will feature fan-favorite characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

“We are very excited about bringing things like that, maybe things exactly like that, to the screen,” he said. “When you tell people, you know what would be really cool? This movie, and there’s a raccoon, and there’s a tree … And they go, ‘What?’ And people like you know what it is, and get excited. And the majority of people go, ‘Did you say a raccoon and a tree?’ ‘Oh yeah, they’re going to steal the whole movie. They’re hilarious.’ ‘Okay, I’ll believe it when I see it.’ I like that.”

Aside from a few release dates, nothing official has been said about the follow-up movies or other installments in the Marvel Movie Universe. However, Feige did tell Superhero Hype a few things about how the characters will split off and go their own way post-Avengers, noting that it’s important for the individual films to work well on their own.

“Tony Stark can go home to Malibu and deal with his own circle of friends and his own sort of military industrial complex that the world of Stark Industries inhabits,” he said. “Thor, as you will see, initially leaves the planet and goes back to Asgard and has to deal with the Nine Realms, and to reconnect with Jane Foster. Cap is the only one that can’t go home again. His home is gone, and how he deals with the modern era will be the crux of that movie.”

When Feige talked to The Huffington Post, he didn’t comment on Ben Kingsely’s rumored casting in Iron Man 3, but did confirm that another Hulk movie starring Mark Ruffalo will not be happening.

“Well, no,” he said. “This was the other shot. Right? I mean, this was the third appearance of Hulk and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk’s appearance in Avengers. So, I love that people are saying that and are feeling that way about Hulk, but mission accomplished at this point. And the way we go forward, we’ll see. But it was a long road to get to this point. Although, I will say, after the screening, I heard various arguments over who was their favorite. Which is my favorite thing: Arguing what was the favorite moment or character. And the fact that so many of them are saying Hulk feels very, very good. Where we go next, we’ll see. But we’ll be very careful about it and deliberate — as we were in how we wanted to bring him back in Avengers.”

Feige also danced around the topic of Captain America having a sidekick in the sequel to his film. “It is interesting that you ask that question,” Feige said. “And I’m not going to give you an answer. But I will give you kudos for pointing that out and recognizing that.” He went on to confirm that the time when Cap palled around with Falcon in the comics “was a fun era” without explaining further.

The Avengers opens May 4.


  • Peter Quill

    Look I love guardians of the galaxy, and Star Lord in particular, but it’s so obscure that I can’t see it working as a film. I barely know ANYONE who reads it. Out of all of my comic geek friends and people I know who go to the same comic shop as me, I’m one of only two people who have read any of Cosmic Marvel. Even people who are MARVEL ONLY readers tend to stray away from cosmic marvel. Marvel is so earth centric, unlike DC. And I find it hard imagining people buying rocket racoon and groot and god forbid cosmo (the psychic golden retriever). 

    I think the best hope for Marvel would me Dr. Strange, Luke Cage, and (Fractions) Iron Fist. Those three plus iron man 3, cap 2, thor 2, then bring the newbies into avengers 2, add Ultron, giant man, and wasp and viola theres the next 6 years of marvel films and 3 billion dollars…

  • xaos

     While I don’t know that Guardians would be my go-to choice, I don’t think at all that something has to be a smash comic book to be an interesting, even potentially successful choice for a movie.

    Again, I’m iffy on the prospects for a GotG movie, but I just feel like being obscure in comic bookdom is among the least of the obstacles that the movie would face.

  • sandwich eater

    I really want another Hulk movie, but I guess he’s gotten 2 movies and a TV show, so it’s time for some other Marvel characters to get some movies.  I’d like movies based on the Black Panther, Shang Chi, Luke Cage, War machine, or Ant Man and the Wasp.

  • matt

    I agree but I think it would be most logical to group all of the street level heroes together in one film, like a heroes for hire or something, so you could have shang chi, cage, iron fist, hell even black panther would work with them (he did take over as the man without fear shortly last year)

  • Lord Prong

    Dr Strange is a no-brainer.  Magic, the occult, all wrapped in a Marvel bow would be an instant hit.  Just keep whomever made Ghost Rider 2 far, far, FAR away from it.

    Black Panther – he’s the kind of hero that requires a film that has the gravitas of Ridley Scott on Gladiator.  This could be an epic property.  There is nothing street level about this character (at least not initially.)

    Namor the Sub-Mariner – see above.  Nothing better than an anti-hero who begins as the enemy of mankind and then, through circumstances, the defender.

    Man-Thing – not the shit film from a few years ago but a new take based on some of Gerber’s storylines (not a sodomised version that was apparent in that direct to video farce)

    Finally, I’d love to see a new interest in that Iron Fist property from a few years ago – but keep Ray Park away from it.  He’s a great martial artist, but this character needs an actor and not viewed as a B-Grade Kung Fu flick.

  • sillymander

    No, Kevin… This time you got it right. Mark Ruffalo should be Banner, going forward. And you really will be shooting yourself in the face without developing more for him as such.