Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks Future After THE AVENGERS; Confirms THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA Sequels

     April 19, 2011


Not long ago, once Marvel Studios had proved itself as a major player in the summer tentpole game, a slate was released for all of the upcoming films from the new studio. Fans relished the thought of seeing Thor, Captain America and The Avengers on the big screen. Well, after this summer only one new film on that slate will be left (The Avengers) and audiences are left wondering: what will Marvel do next? Thankfully, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently talked about the future of the studio and what flicks are on the horizon.

In addition to confirming sequels for Thor and Captain America (set in modern-day, no less) he discussed possible spinoffs for Black Widow, Hawkeye and S.H.I.E.L.D as well as the long-talked-about Dr. Strange movie. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

the_avengers_comic_con_castIn an interview with D23 Magazine (via IGN), Feige talked about what The Avengers means in relation to the evolution of Marvel Studios:

X-Men was the dawn of the new Marvel cinematic age. Iron Man was the dawn of the Marvel Studios age and the establishment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning of that continuity. The Avengers is the next big step. Once all these characters come together, it’s the culmination of all that has come before. It launches a new era and a new time in the history of our films. Not only will it be the first film that our new home studio, Disney, will be distributing, but it will also renew each of these characters and launch them into their own franchises, starting with the second film to be released by Disney, Iron Man 3.”

captain-america-the-first-avenger-movie-image-chris-evans-06So essentially, The Avengers is the beginning of the next phase in Marvel’s development. What this means specifically, we’re not entirely sure. But when Feige discussed what other Marvel films are on the horizon, we can start to get an idea:

“Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film — Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. —all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we’ve got a lot of other characters we’re prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.”

What I find most interesting here is that the sequel to Captain America will take place in modern-day. Many have wondered whether the Cap sequel would further explore more of the WWII stuff, but it sounds like The First Avenger may be our only period piece Marvel flick for a while.

Other than that, this is pretty much more of the same: there will be lots of Marvel movies, starring lots of other characters. Hopefully ones like Black Widow and Hawkeye are fleshed out enough in The Avengers to generate interest in their own flicks. Though a Black Widow film could be cool, I didn’t really see much from Scarlett Johanssen in Iron Man 2 that made me pine for more. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to hear that there’s a lot more to come from Marvel Studios.

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  • Ryan

    When I read that, I hear Iron Fist, Nova and Dr. Strange; in addition to the obvious Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and SHIELD nods.

    Frankly, and Iron Fist movie, or even Heroes for Hire, could be insanely awesome.

  • Nick

    I’m as big a fanboy as the next guy, but maybe this is a but much?

    • rocky

      No it isn’t a bit much. It’s not like we’re going to get bombarded by 10 Marvel films next year. Feige said in the past that the goal was 2 Marvel films a year. IMO that’s enough to keep most satisfied without oversaturating the general public.

      • Sean

        You can’t start and continue this many franchises and only release two movies per year. There are only so many options (fewer characters, fewer franchises or more movies per year). It seems really dangerous to spread themselves so thin with characters the general public doesn’t care about.

  • Danny Rand

    They should explore a SHIELD film starring Samuel L, Scarlett and Renner. That would be more interesting to me than an individual film starring each. They could have the trio attempting to take down HYDRA, continuing what we saw in Cap, which can lead into the newest Cap film set in modern day.

    • Rockslide

      Agreed. I really don’t want to see an individual Black Widow movie when there are so many more deserving characters. Widow being in a SHIELD movie however, with Fury being the main star, I can handle.

  • geekyfreak19

    Kevin Feige is a douchebag, he’s running marvel into the ground. The choices he makes are insane and stupid, I’ve never heard a kind word spoken about him, and his picture looks exactly like I thought he would appear. I hope Marvel and Disney crumble to the ground….

    • Steven

      I can’t agree more

    • Tim

      What did you bump your fucking head? Kevin Feige is the reason we’re even getting any of these movies. When Marvel was peeling into its own studio, they wanted to start with an ANIMATED Avengers movie. But Feige was the guy who said “no, let’s do it live action and introduce each character in their own movie then have them intertwine like the comics.”

      Since then he’s been very involved in the creative process with everyone of these movies, including the fantastic casting and comic booky direction they’ve all taken. Without him, we wouldn’t have Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and the upcoming Avengers movie. And if we did eventually get them, I can 100% guarantee they would be of substantially lower quality. Running the studio into the ground? I don’t fucking think so.

      • geekyfreak19

        You’re an idiot, Tim, here’s why: “Feige is the reason why we’re seeing any of these movies…” Hmmm… Stan Lee probably didn’t have anything to do with it, huh? Jack Kirby, all those other artists, writers, inkers, editors, etc…. Feige is THE reason we are seeing these movies? I bet you work for him… Your first comment doesn’t even make sense…

        Feige wanted to do The Avengers as a movie so he could take credit for it and make more money for himself, think about it… Besides, it’s not out yet, fool, it probably will suck as bad as their cartoons, but at least we’re in agreement there, their cartoons do suck… Why?!! Have you ever thought about that? They are owned by Disney now, too, how can they churn out such shitty cartoons time after time? $, young man, $.

        Since then Feige been very involved and helped with the wonderful casting and “comic-booky” direction… Okay, Tim, what the hell is wonderful about the casting of Daredevil? Elektra? The Fantastic Four? The last Punisher? Did you like Travolta as the villain in the Thomas Jane version? Great casting? They’ve only gotten Robert Downey Jr, and Norton for Hulk, and Norton aint coming back, and Downey MIGHT do one more, so who’s been great? How about Ian Mackellen for Magneto, were you stoked on that, I bet you were… How about the kid that played Blackheart? Tobey Macguire as Spiderman? Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane? I’m not sure why I’m even writing still, I’m so bored tonight, you must be 12 years old… I think most fans feel exactly the opposite about the casting, Timmy…

        Okay, now, what is “comic-bookey” direction? What the hell does that even mean? Maybe a director who likes using gimmicks? Split-screen effect, what?!! If that is what you mean, and I’m not sure, I’m going out on a limb here, you are so ignorant for that comment, I cannot even put it into words. You must have loved the Fantastic Four movies, huh? Pretty “comic-bookey” for you? How about the first Hulk, like that Nick Nolte stuff, do you? You idiot, watch a movie adapted from a comic without so much obnoxious bs going on and compare it to the trash you’re standing up for, (by the way, you’re standing up for a corporate piece of shit that doesn’t even care if you like the movie, they even said that they just want to fill seats, I didn’t make this up!), have you seen Road To Perdition, you fool? Max Allen Collins ring a bell? How about The Dark Knight? The Crow? A History of Violence? American Splendor? Those movies are traditionally filmed, and Marvel/Disney will never come up with a film that compares to either, have you even CONSIDERED what a movie centering on a marvel character would be like if Scorsese found it in his heart to elevate one? Or Michael Mann? How about a Scott brother? There are so many talented directors out there who don’t want to work for Marvel because of the way they treat their talent, Tim, you fool, can you even picture a Marvel comic given the HBO treatment? Are you old enough to have seen anything from them? You probably want to see Punisher on the Disney channel, huh, maybe they can get Miley Cyrus to play him, I hear his show on ABC is in development now, no joke…

        You can guarantee that all of these films would be lower quality if they were made somewhere else, huh? How can you guarantee something (100% even, impressive!) that you have no part of? You, friendo, sound like a liar, and an uninformed one, and for your sake, buddy, I truly hope you start to think for yourself and quit spouting Marvel’s propaganda for them… I know this will have the opposite effect, but I’m hoping all the other people read it and laugh…

        I shouldn’t have been so snippy, you probably are just a little kid, so take this to heart, and don’t listen to what me, any douche bag on these sites, and especially not Marvel, or any other giant corporation, who are simply trying to sell you things. Kevin Feige doesn’t even know you exist, he doesn’t care about you or your opinion, Tim, and I’m not trying to tell you what to think, simply HOW to think, and see through bullshit like theirs. I hope I ignited a firestorm of debate, though I won’t be back to see it, I have a sweet new Heavy Metal to read! You guys should check them out, I heard that James Cameron, Riddley Scott, David Fincher, and a ton of other superb directors are all negotiations to direct a part of the flick, that sounds like a killer film.

    • Mike

      I’m confused because everything goin on with Marvel movies has been so wonderful so this comment seems uninformed. I obviously don’t know what sort of person he is though.

    • Jake

      ‘geekyfreak19′- You have just shown everyone what a stupid douche you are by listing Ian Mckellen as magneto in the bad casting list.

    • Tim

      Hey dickhead, most of the shit you brought up wasn’t from Kevin Feige, it was Avi Arad’s involvement in other studios.

      The bad casting you mentioned (other than Ian McKellan, nice credibility by the way)? All other studios. Marvel Studios has only put out Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and now coming up- Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers.

      And I guess you’re right about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and all those writers and artists being the reasons we’re getting these movies. I forgot they worked in the movie business, adapting their own material to the big screen. Of course they’re the originators of the material, man. I’m just stating Fiege sparked the start of adapting the material properly. I do in fact appreciate the creativity of all involved, it just so happens Fiege is one of them. Even the creativity of someone that calls themself, “geekyfreak19.”

      As far as comic booky goes, the fact that in these contained Marvel Studios movies the characters and stories cross-pollinate and and interact and all that fun stuff, as well as having them be all true to the source material. Before Marvel Studios we almost got an Iron Man movie where Stark fights his dad as the villain– War Machine.

  • geekyfreak19

    Marvel’s never come out with an excellent comic book movie since they started, the closest were adequate at best, Iron Man 1 & 2, the Hulks sucked, Daredevil anyone?, how about Punisher? Thor looks stupid, Cap looks like one of the bad Indiana Jones, and now that they are pushing their better directors out of the franchises, they’ll only come out with pieces of shit. Look at Feige’s picture, does he look like he knows what he’s doing? Another corporate douche-bag here to rip off the characters we love and steal the money we don’t have to go watch them. They even said: “We don’t care if the fans are happy with our interpretations, we only care if they buy the tickets and fill the seats.” Does that sound like they even care about quality? Marvel films are perfect to gauge how much of a fuckin idiot each of these “artists” are, every one of us fans has a better movie in our heads, because we’ve taken the time, and love the characters that much, these corporate maggots don’t even know what these character’s alias’s are, they know nothing of the histories, and they are all such ego-maniacs that they think they can improve on 60+ years of story with their first try….

    Would you put Punisher on television? How is that a good idea?
    Would you give Ang Lee the keys to Hulk? What director would be more ill-suited for the Green Goliath?
    Don’t even get me started on how Feige treated Norton in the other Hulk, which also sucked…
    Ghost Rider anyone? My God…
    Did you love Elektra? The same guy’s writing for the Avengers, check his resume, he’s never made anything but pieces of shit so far, a lifetime of them, would you let him write the Avengers?
    I think Joss Whedon’s decent, but not a good director, Serenity was alright at best, but if you could have almost any director out there, would you pick him for the biggest movie they’ve had so far?
    Do you guys know how poorly Marvel pays everyone they work with? Stan Lee’s legacy lives on indeed, and they wonder why no good movie-makers want to work with them. Now that Disney bought them, you’d think that they would have more money to hire better people, and pay better, better quality all around, but nope, not the case. Something tells me Feige has a nice home, 5 cars and his kids are in private school.
    Just to add insult to injury, now that Marvel has more money, for the first time in their history, they’ve locked the doors on anyone in the public submitting art to them, this is how they’ve gotten artists all throughout the last 5-6 decades, way to crap on the fans.

    Don’t be an idiot and eat whatever Marvel puts on your plate, guys, they’re just trying to exploit what we love so that they can get fat on our hard-earned dollars, while they sit on their asses ruining what we’ve cherished our whole lives. Make Mine Anything But Marvel!

    • Aurora Vampiris

      Opinion is subjective. Perhaps you should come to accept that.

      And as everyone else is continually trying to tell you, MOST of the movies you listed WERE NOT MADE BY MARVEL. So please, stop behaving like a troll.

  • drew

    I want to hear them announce Nova that would awesome with the tech they have now it would look great. if green lantern can look good than so can nova

  • Me

    That is to say Green Lantern ” looked good” from what i’ve seen of it so far it looked horrawful!!!

  • felliniboy

    get Edgar Wright to start working on Ant-Man.. PLEASE! we might get the most inventive superhero in years!

  • celtsfan3

    We want The Punisher Feige! Now that Marvel has the rights back we can finally see a real Punisher movie!

  • Natasha Champness

    I hope in this Captain America film series, they will include: Rikki Barnes, Battlestar, Black Widow, Sharon Carter, Demolition Man, Diamondback, Falcon, Free Spirit, Golden Girl, The Invaders, Jack Flag, Josiah X, Nomad, Patriot (Eli Bradley), Bernie Rosenthal

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future Captain America sequels including Aleksander Lukin, Armadillo, Baron Zemo, Batroc the Leaper, Crossbones, Doctor Faustus, Flag-Smasher, Grand Director, Hate-Monger, Nefarius, Porcupine, Protocide, Scourge, Serpent Society, Serpent Squad, Sin, Ultimatum, Viper (Madame Hydra).

  • Tellar Calcagno

    I hope in this Thor film series, they will include:
    Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Frey, Hermod, Hercules, Hoder, Hrimhari, Idunn, Kelda, Thor Girl, Thunderstrike, Tyr, Valkyrie, Vidar, Volla, Zeus.

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future Thor sequels:
    Absorbing Man, Atum, Bloodaxe, Cobra, Desak, Destroyer, Ego the Living Planet, Enchantress, Executioner, Fafnir, Fenris Wolf, Grey Gargoyle, Hela, Karnilla, Kurse, Lorelei, Malekith the Accursed, Man-Beast, Mangog, Midgard Serpent, Mr. Hyde, Mongoose, Perrikus, Quicksand, Radioactive Man, Ragnarok, Seth, Surtur, Ulik, Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball), Ymir, Zarrko.

  • Grimcicle

    I want a Luke Cage movie, damn it. The can even in Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, while they’re at it. Perhaps individual Cage, Iron Fist, and Alis films, all culminating in a Heroes For Hire crossover film.

  • Kris

    Geekyfreak19… The things you typed are confusing me. Did you not do your research before you decided to go on your want? All the actors you complained about (McGuire for Spider-man, Travolta and Janes for “Punisher,” Nolte for Hulk, whoever for Blackheart in “Ghost Rider”) weren’t in films made by Marvel Studios. You made yourself seem quite ignorant. Just do you know, Sony made “Spider-man,” Universal did “Hulk,” Fox did “Daredevil,” “Elektra,” and both “Fantastic Four” films. Oh, Lionsgate was responsible for “Punisher” and Columbia for “Ghost Rider.” See what research can do?

    • Kris

      Rant* and so* lol. Foiled by auto correct! Should have “researched” my spelling :p

      • Tom Jones

        Gotta say, I agree with the haters on this one. Thor and Cap both look like crap to me, and I’m not holding out much hope for a great Avengers movie. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but I doubt it.

        Right now, everything is still hypothetical for the public. We’ve only seen a few polished snippets from these films, so hopes are high. Everyone wants the characters they love to be brought to life by a skilled group of filmmakers with a great story from the Marvel archives.

        Won’t happen. The studios have yet to figure out how to take the incredible original material that comic readers have fallen in love with over the last eighty years and faithfully bring it to the screen. I think there are a lot of factors behind this creative block, the foremost being: They just don’t read comics!

        I’m a filmmaker and I understand how difficult it is to get a movie made, especially with the integrity of the original material intact by the time the film is finished, but the bottom line is: THEY SHOULD TRY HARDER, because comic book fans deserve better.

        The fact that there are millions of fans of these books spanning four generations is no coincidence. Great stories have been written. The problem is that we have yet to see a film producer or executive that really reads and understands the books. These aren’t fan boys (or girls). They’re business people, who hadn’t picked up a comic until they were approached with a movie pitch. Until we see someone from the publishing side of Marvel or a serious fan producing a Marvel film, I don’t think we’re going to see a faithful comic book adaptation that’s worth watching.

        I’ll still be at the comic store next Wednesday buying a good stack of Marvel issues, but I expect I’ll catch Thor or Cap when they play on FX or ABC in a couple of years, and that’s a shame. There’s no reason people like me should be repeatedly let down by the folks bringing our favorite characters to the movie screen.

        To all of the folks green-lighting and producing these films I have one simple request: READ THE BOOKS. Not just the few that you’re basing a script on, but a big stack of books based on the character your developing as well as a good variety of major label and independent series. Get to know what it is we love about these stories and how they’re told. Learn how they’ve evolved over the years and the hearts of these characters who have survived the test of time. Then make a movie and stick to the original script: the source material, the books.

        Maybe one day I’ll get to the point in my filmmaking career where someone will give me the chance to pave that road, in the meantime I’d love to see someone in Hollywood figure it out, because like I said: COMIC BOOK FANS DESERVE BETTER!

  • Jake

    Some of the people in the comments section are stupid, X-men 2, Spider-man 2 and Iron Man are 3 of the best superhero movies ever made, along with The Dark Knight. And to be honest i enjoy those movies ALOT more than The Dark Knight, comic books are suppose to be fun and energetic, not dark and depressing.

  • nawtnt

    First Thor and Captain America been well successfully with reviews and money then the sequels should be in works.

    A Spin off about Black Window to me, may not work but a snip off about S.H.I.E.LD or Hawkeye would be great.

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  • Terry

    Don’t get caught up in this corporate bullshit. Most of these movies are going to fail. The Green whatever looks like the greatest american hero with 80’s cheapo SF. Thor looks like shit on a stick.The only thing good about Thor is the fucking Thor slurpee at 7-11. Iron Man 2 was crap. The director pulled a P Diddy and put his fat ass in every effing scene. Does Coppola do shit like that? Not!

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