One of the things I love about Marvel releasing a new film is I usually get the chance to talk with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. As the mastermind behind Marvel’s worldwide success, I can’t stress enough how thankful I am that he’s the one leading the studio. The fact is it’s hard to make a movie. It’s even harder to make a great movie. But to keep making films that audiences around the world love for almost a decade is astounding and it’s only due to Feige’s leadership and the great team of executives that surround him. We’re living in a great time to be a fan of comic book movies and it’s important to take the time to appreciate the people bringing them to life.
During my 10-minute interview with Feige we talked about Marvel and Sony’s relationship and what the future holds for Spider-Man, if Fox and Marvel still aren’t the best of friends, the challenges of having so many characters in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, the contract status of some of their key players, if a Captain America movie has to star Steve Rogers, if any of the Netflix MCU characters will jump to the big screen, their 2019 and 2020 movies, and a lot more.
Check out what he had to say below and make sure to see Doctor Strange in IMAX 3D. The 3D actually makes the film even better!
Collider: Well first I’ll start with a congratulations. How much were you on Twitter last night at 10 o’clock when the social embargo lifted?
KEVIN FEIGE: I was traveling yesterday so thankfully. I was having just talking with Scott [Derrickson] who told me he was right there and at 9:59. I knew that you guys were seeing it, but thankfully I wasn’t even in a position to check anything until I already got an email with of all of the reactions. So I wasn’t desperately doing that.
Yeah, I saw Scott Derrickson was retweeting and liking…
FEIGE: I don’t know how good that is for our psyches to sit there and wait like that. But when I saw the initial responses at midnight or something a little after it had all happened I was very pleased.
Got a bunch of questions for you from some of my staff and myself. Are the Avengers ever going to be made aware that [Phil] Coulson is alive?
Fans are very excited about the Marvel/Sony team up. Has the iceberg between Fox and Marvel started to thaw or is it still a frozen tundra?
FEIGE: Well, it’s the same as it has always been. I don’t want to attribute it as a frozen wasteland or anything like that.
I’ll say it’s a frozen wasteland.
FEIGE: We all get along and I see them occasionally but there’s no change in any dynamic.
Tom Holland recently said he wasn’t sure if Spider-Man would be in Avengers: Infinity War and a lot of us assumed that the relationship you made with Sony for…are you guys still figuring out the future of Spider-Man with Marvel? How much have you guys figured out where Spider-Man can be and where your characters will go with Sony?
FEIGE: We’re figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man: Homecoming just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.
Yeah, I saw Tom Rothman for the Inferno thing.
FEIGE: Yeah, you filmed it, right? I saw that, yes.
And I liked his reaction.
FEIGE: Where was that? That was in Italy?
It was on Florence on the red carpet.
FEIGE: Oh my God.
What’s great is no one wanted to talk to him or had any idea who he was and I lit up.
FEIGE: And he recognizes you, which I love too.