Marvel CCO Joe Quesada Talks THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS; Confirms AVENGERS is Filming

     March 24, 2011


This is a big year for Marvel, as the studio has two very large, very different, superhero movies coming out this summer. Crucial to the film franchises that began with 2008’s Iron Man is former Marvel Editor-in-chief and current Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. The man recently spoke at length about the three major films on the studio’s radar at the moment: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and 2012’s The Avengers. Here’s what Quesada had to say regarding Thor:

“From a visual standpoint, it’s really exciting but in the hands of Kenneth Branagh and the entire cast, it’s a pretty phenomenal take on the character. I think comic fans kind of have an idea of what this movie is going to be like but they really don’t. They’re going to be in for an experience that’s unique. I think for the people that don’t know who Thor is, even if you know the mythology, you’re not going to get, I think, what you’re going to expect. It’s going to be radical and amazing.”

Hit the jump to see what Quesada has to say about Captain America and The Avengers.

captain-america-movie-poster-imageSpeaking with Newsarama (via Comic Book Movie) at C2E2 in Chicago last week, Quesada spoke at length about a number of topics. He recently saw Joe Johnston’s director’s cut of Captain America: The First Avenger and here’s what he had to say:

“I just saw the first director’s cut of Captain America about a week and a half ago. There’s a very visual and visceral difference in the way that the movies are shot. There is a richness to both but they’re very, very different tonally. And of course cap starts out as a period piece where as Thor is more of a fantastical piece although both are grounded very much in the real world. I think fans will see it and feel it when they see it on screen. Both of these are really going to be outstanding with amazing performances, great special effects. The Marvel characters come to life and for all of us who have been reading these since we were yay high, it’s pretty astounding and an absolute thrill to sit there in theater and see these characters in 3D and flesh and blood.”

Finally, Quesada confirmed that Joss Whedon’s The Avengers has started filming. When asked if he feels that the film really is the culmination of everything that’s come before and that it’s going to top everything, Quesada responded thusly:

“Yes, I mean again, look at the cast. Just starting with the cast, it’s like a rock concert. It’s unbelievable, even in San Diego when they brought them all up on stage. You got to see all these amazing actors on stage. If you didn’t get chills up your spine, you have no pulse. Basically, get yourself a casket and go home. And then you have Joss Whedon at the wheel. I’ve seen the screenplay, it’s amazing. I’ve seen what we’re going to do. I’ve seen designs; they’re out of this world. It’s going to be the quintessential superhero movie. I hesitate to say more but we’re really, really, excited about it.”

It sounds like the guy is pumped, and rightly so. If you look at what Marvel has done in such a short amount of time, it’s pretty astounding. This whole thing started back in 2008 and now, the studio is three films in, with two more in the can ready to be released and an all-star event flick currently filming.

Head over to Newsarama to watch the full interview with Quesada. Thor hits theaters May 6th, Captain America: The First Avenger is slated for July 22nd, and The Avengers will be unveiled on May 4th, 2012.


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  • Rockslide

    Its a good time to be a Marvel fanboy. I’m really excited for this summer. Both Cap and Thor look great to me. I’m still on the fence about all the Thor redesigns and going sci-fi over fantasy, but I’ll still fork out the cash to see it in theater (something I rarely do anymore). I’m still very hesitant about First Class though. I need a lot more convincing on that one.

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  • Lydia Roberts

    The Avengers is going to be even more overstuffed and bloated with more major characters and multiple storylines than ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ combined.

    Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Nick Fury, Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill and soon many more.

    Ant-Man and Wasp might be in this.
    From the teaser trailer it seems that there will be several major villains in the film too and there are many possible supporting characters from each of the individual films of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America who may appear as well.

    If you include too many noticeable characters, then they’re all going be vying for attention from the audience and then none of them would get the screentime or character development they deserve.

    • Pat

      I agree that this film is going to be exteremly difficult to pull off but the concern for lack of character development is a tad foolish. All of the films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor) have, or will, flesh out these characters to the point where we know them well enough.

      The issue of screen time i can agree with, its going to be hard to get everyone on there, but i think its going to work better than a lot of people think

    • Will

      You’re partly true here. Yes, the movie will have the characters you listed, but that looks to be about it. Most of the supporting cast for each of the individual characters won’t be included (it looks like only one or two).

      As for villains, thats hard to say. It doesn’t look like they’ll have multiple threats, instead focusing on one big threat and probably Loki as well.

      That being said, you’re still completely right in worrying about an overstuffed plot. Even with what they already have it’s still going to be a huge challenge making that work. Let’s hope they make it work.

    • T. Van Dyke

      @ Lydia

      I respect your opinion, and recognize that the concern is consistent with a particular narrative that has been developing for quite some time now.

      The reality, however, is that numerous genre movies have been successful while utilizing a ensemble cast much larger than what we currently know for the Avengers. In particular, each installment of the Lord of the Rings used a much larger cast. Moreover, those movies didn’t have the advantage of *5* preceeding lead-character movies which helped develop the character in te combined project.

      So many fans such as myself aren’t really worried about the movie becoming “overstuffed,” etc.

  • Simon

    Quesada!, make sure we get that Directors cut you talk about as a blu-ray with the added scenes CUT INTO THE FILM. Thanks.

    • Miles Bennett Dyson

      they won’t do that… I wish they will, but not for another 5 years tops.

  • David

    I am an Iams dog apparently. Love reading an article and having some random video start playing over the text, nice and loud to. Thanks Collider.

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  • FilmFan

    I’m looking forward to all these films however, “Quesadilla” lead the Marvel Comics franchises in all the wrong directions during his time as Editor-in-chief- the further he stays away…the better. ‘Nuff Said.

    • Stan

      You said it man…wish he was in the unemployment line!

  • Terry

    This move will have so many goddamn witches spoiling the brew it will bankrupt the studio. Remember Remy Harlin’s pirate movie that sank Carlco(AKA MAFIA STUDIOS)?
    Just being crazy but I don’t think they’ll be able to pull this sit off. Sorry.

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