Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige Talks about Building to THE AVENGERS 2

     October 16, 2011


In order to build a film like The Avengers, Marvel had to look far in advance and make sure that their major superhero films contributed to the upcoming blockbuster crossover.  Even if The Avengers is a massive flop (and that’s highly unlikely), Marvel is already making its plans for The Avengers 2.  Speaking at New York Comic-Con this weekend, Marvel Studios’ President of Production Kevin Feige talked about the company’s future films.  Unsurprisingly, Iron Man 3 will be part of what Feige calls “Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk.”

So what else will be part of “Phase Two”?  Hit the jump for more.  The Avengers opens in 3D on May 4, 2012.  Feige says they’ll be continuing their tradition of including a brief scene post-credits [via Cinemablend].

There’s no set date for The Avengers 2, but it will be coming after Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013) as well as Thor 2 (November 15, 2013).  However, that still leaves Captain America 2 on the table as well as the planned spin-offs for Black Widow, Hawkeye, and possibly S.H.I.E.L.D.  Then throw on to the pile Marvel’s next non-sequel, non-spinoff films: Ant-Man, The Inhumans, and Guardians of the GalaxyAnt-Man seems like an easy fit for The Avengers 2 since it’s just one more character and sequels always demand fresh blood.  However, The Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy are teams and Feige has said that if those two movies make it all the way to the finish line, they’re going to be a team-movie like The Avengers or X-Men.

So does Phase Two mean bringing in The Inhumans and/or Guardians of the Galaxy, and if so, to what extent?  There’s a limit to a cast size before all the characters and the story gets short-changed.  It will be interesting to see if all of Marvel’s future projects are pieces of an Avengers puzzle, or if the company will make films that don’t have to live in The Avengers universe (or at least play a major part in an Avengers movie).


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  • JR209

    I would like to see the sequals to IRON MAN, THOR & CPT America be less Avenger driven. To film lovers and comic book fans I think its exciting and fun to see little easter eggs referring to other comic book heroes and the Avengers, but to the major audiences who dont know anything about the avengers, they are left confused by some of these weird scenes that dont drive the main movie forward.

    Many people still did not know about the Avengers when Captain America came out, so the ending to Captain America felt out of place and very random.

    I think each movie should stand alone by itself. Thor is a perfect example how it focused more on shield then actually shaping the characters.

    As much as I’ve loved IRON MAN and Thor and parts of Captain America, I’m currently very disappointed in what I’m seeing for the Avengers. It looks like an expensive Power Rangers Episode. All of these films need very strong stand alone stories otherwise I dont see audiences caring too much.

    • Twistednic

      Round one for the cynics. It’s a comic book movie. You go to it having some knowledge or care for the character or you don’t go. What they’ve done so far with the tie-ins and references has been perfect. It’s their world and they can shape it however they see fit.

      As for the Avengers, it looks right on par with what it should.

      • JR209

        A movie, no matter weather it is a drama, comedy, musical or horror film, should be its own stand alone film. Your job is to tell a story clearly and to the best of your ability. Not all audience members who see these comic book movies are fans of the original source material. So to say “You go to it having some knowledge or care for the character or you don’t go.” is a bold statement to make becuase you dont always know what to expect, and like I said until earlier this week I know many people who have never heard of the Avengers.

        And when it comes to the Avengers movie itself, there is nothing that appealing so far, I understand it was a teaser but I felt that the scen at the end of Cpt America did a much better job selling the movie then the teaser did.

        All I’m saying is that Marvel should not rely so much on the Avengers.

      • Joseph

        I agree to a point…Marvel isn’t making these movies for the everyday movie goer who want’s to go see an action movie. These films are being made for the Fanboys…these connections are there for those who know. As for those who don’t know anything about the Avengers, forget about it…you wouldn’t understand. Only someone on the outside would even consider Marvel without the Avengers…at some point or another everyone gets their shot at being an avenger…it’s the pinical of the marvel world…just as the Justice League is for DC…

        I say, if you don’t like it, ignore it and move on…it wasn’t there for you in the first place.

    • Peter

      Marvel made all these movies (Iron Man, Thor, Cap’t America) with the soul purpose of leading them up to The Avengers. That is why they remade the Hulk even though a version of the movie came out only a few years before. They knew all of this would be possible due to the first Iron Man’s success. This is Marvel’s Universe, as they keep stating. They are doing this to help promote that and we are merely along for the ride. So enjoy!

      • John T

        Wrong…they made those movies to make profits…to pay for their beach houses and coke and hookers…you don’t know much about how the real world works do you?

        And when Iron Man was being made, they certainly didn’t know how it would perform and sure wasn’t just part of a plan to lead up to the Avengers. You are clueless on so many just astounding.

      • JXW

        At the end of Iron man Stark is presented by Fury being told that they are ‘putting a team together’ as has been the case with every other one of these films, the intention was always to bring out the Avengers

  • pi

    if Ant-man doesn’t start shooting in the next two years, it will never be made(or it will never be made with Wright which will be a effin travesty.)

    • Mike

      But it’s been proven that the audience is there and for those of us who do know what’s going on the the film’s are enhanced by the references and the overall connectivity. As long as there are enough of us to see it Marvel isn’t obligated to make a movie that everyone can follow easily. It’s just best for those of us who do know.

    • Mike

      This was meant to be a comment on the above argument lol. My bad

  • Jetpackman89

    I think Marvel really just needs to slow down. They’ll exhaust the needed for Superhero flixs just like slashers have gone by the waste side. I love superhero movies but a 5 to 10 year break from the genre would be nice.

    • Joseph

      negative…if they stop now, some of these will never get made…and why stop when you haven’t even reached the peak of the genre?

  • Kimberley Walsh

    There are many Avengers allies and villains that aren’t in this film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

    • Cheryl Tweedy

      Wow, you’ve never posted that comment anywhere before…

    • Amir Zeitgeist Patel

      how is Loki overused? hes only been in one film so far with the Avengers being the next one lol we havnt even seen the more demented loki as well. my guess is he will make a brief apperance in thor 3 and wont appear for a few years until avengers 3-4

      • Amir Zeitgeist Patel

        I meant thor 2

    • Tomorrows Blues

      The ending I would have written, were I doing the screenplay for these moves, would have been as follows:

      Establishing shot of a SHIELD laboratory; we see a man, early 30′s, in front of a laptop. The camera looks over his shoulder as the following words appear onscreen:

      “Henry Pym Log Entry 04 May 2200 hours. Animal testing on growth formula to commence tomorrow; extract of Jan’s DNA, and inversion of the helix, was the key that unlocked the door to the growth formula. Also, Ultron Vision Project has received green light from Director Fury…”

      Camera shot pans to left, where we see two androids side-by-side in a creche; one is more human in appearance, while the other is more robotic. The human android has a diamond in his forehead, which begins to glow at the same time as the “eyes” of the more robotic-looking android light up.

  • I cry u smile

    It’s a great day to be alive


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