With Captain Marvel opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for an exclusive interview. Unlike some interviews where ten minutes feels like an eternity, whatever time you get with Kevin Feige is not enough. No matter what you ask, there are a dozen other things you wished you had brought up as you leave the room. That’s because, as the head of Marvel Studios, Feige has the keys to everything and is one of the brilliant minds that has taken the comic book movie and turned it into the most popular genre on the planet. What Marvel Studios has done under Feige’s leadership should have been nothing short of impossible and I’m not sure enough people in the industry have given him the credit he deserves.
During the interview, Feige talked about the jaw-dropping de-aging technology used in Captain Marvel, if they’ve thought about having any future movies take place in the 60s or 70s, if they are still using James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script, the secrecy around the Avengers: Endgame title, if Endgame is going to be three hours long, what lessons they learned from the critical and commercial success of Black Panther, how Eternals will be different from the rest of the MCU movies, how he’s going to manage also doing Disney+ content, if there is any chance any Disney+ content could be released in theaters, how the editing is going on Spider-Man: Far From Home, and more.
Check out what Kevin Feige had to say below and make sure to see Captain Marvel in theaters this weekend in theaters!
Collider: The de-aging technology you used in Captain Marvel is crazy. Have you guys had any discussions about more movies taking place in earlier decades, like the ’60s, and ’70s?
KEVIN FEIGE: Well, this was the movie for a long time that, because of our experience with Hank Pym, as you know, with Tony Stark, making those characters younger in limited scenes. Peggy Carter, we did in the top of the first Ant-Man film. We said, “We think the technology has gone far enough that we can do an entire movie, that we can have a main character in an entire movie de-aged.” It helped that the characters, as I said at the press conference, was Clark Gregg and Sam Jackson, because those two haven’t really aged like normal human beings over the past 20 years.
But I think it was tremendous the way it worked in Captain Marvel, and yeah, I think looking for new ways to use it is fun. I think we used to believe, and I think it used to be true, that you really could only do it for a scene or two. But we got to the point in later stages of finishing this movie, where we forgot. Where we were just used to it.
The first time I watched it, I was halfway through the movie, and I forgot about the technology. Which is why I’m just curious, because so much of Marvel’s history is from the ’60s and ’70s.
FEIGE: We love period pieces. World War II with the first Cap, the ’90s here, so we’re open to all of them, and we’d love to do it, and love to continue to fill out the lost gaps in MCU and the MCU timelines, of which ’60s and ’70s are a part of that.
Are you definitely using James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and where are you in the scripting process?
FEIGE: Yes, we are. That’s as far as I’ll go in terms of anything past Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, in terms of what we’re doing when. Because as you know, we’ve wanted to focus on Captain Marvel, Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Finishing out these 23 MCU movies. We have a grand plan going forward. We want to talk about it after Endgame and Far From Home. But as we’ve already confirmed and said, it’s James’ draft.
I do want to do one follow up on that. You are developing Guardians of the Galaxy 3. You’re using James’ script, but James is not coming back to direct it. I’m curious if you have had any sort of resistance or feelers from directors who normally they would jump at a chance to do Marvel, but they’re like, “I don’t know if I want to come in for James Gunn on Guardians 3.”
FEIGE: No. I mean, when it was pushed back, it was pushed back. Meaning the release date, because it’s not coming out…although we’ve never released date actually, but it was gonna happen sooner, rather than later, initially of course. Outside of knowing that we’re gonna use his draft, [we have] been focusing on other projects.