Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, ANT-MAN, DOCTOR STRANGE, the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Plans for Thanos, and Much More

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Under Kevin Feige‘s guidance the Marvel Cinematic Universe has blossomed into the one of the most popular, well-loved, and financially successful set of films ever produced.  He’s an undeniable force in the industry who clearly understands what fans want to see.  Earlier today, before hitting the stage for Marvel’s Hall H panel, I had the opportunity to sit down for a group interview with Feige.  He talked about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the possibility of Netflix/MCU crossover, plans for Thanos, actor contracts, releasing more movies per year, and a lot more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

ANT-MAN Comic-Con Panel Recap: Paul Rudd Takes the Hall H Stage to Introduce a New Addition to the Marvel Universe and Preview Footage

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There’s a reason that Marvel Studios is always the last panel of the day on Saturday at Comic-Con.  It closes out the big movie panels of the week with a bang, and this year’s convention was no different.  The studio is no stranger to uphill battles (ie. launching Iron Man, convincing audiences a Cinematic Universe would work), but they faced a curious challenge in Hall H this Saturday by touting Ant-Man months after incredibly talented filmmaker—and Comic-Con favorite—Edgar Wright left the project.

Nevertheless, Ant-Man is still moving forward full-steam ahead, and Marvel brought out new director Peyton Reed and cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and the now-confirmed Evangeline Lilly.  In addition to revealing a bit more about the film’s story and the roles the aforementioned actors will play, Marvel also unveiled some new footage that gave us a better idea of how Ant-Man will be actualized on screen.  Read my full Ant-Man Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

Marvel Studios Officially Confirms Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll’s Roles in ANT-MAN

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During Marvel’s presentation at Comic-Con today, Kevin Feige confirmed that Ant-Man’s Corey Stoll would indeed be playing a villainous role, while Evangeline Lilly has landed the female lead.  We’ll keep the specifics of their characters until after the jump for those who’d like to stay spoiler-free, but they should come as pleasant if unsurprising news to comic fans.

Also starring Paul RuddMichael Douglas, and Michael PeñaAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Edgar Wright Directing the Insane Sounding GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE After Wrapping BABY DRIVER

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edgar-wright-grasshopper-jungleIt feels nice to be an Edgar Wright fan right now.  Sure, it would have been nice to see his version of Ant-Man, but we’re getting the 100% Wright movie Baby Driver in its place.  That film already promises to revisit the fertile creative environment that allowed him to make Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.  And now we get to see what his stab at YA filmmaking looks like in addition to that.

Don’t worry though, it’s not typical YA (even if it were, Wright wouldn’t execute it in a typical manner).  He’s been brought onboard to direct Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.  I haven’t read this book but it sounds nuts in a good way.  Because it literally has giant grasshoppers.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright directing Grasshopper Jungle.

ANT-MAN Actors Exit Due to Scheduling Conflicts

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Marvel’s Ant-Man has certainly had its fair share of drama behind the scenes before it has even started production.  The Interwebs are well aware of once-upon-a-time director Edgar Wright’s long-standing attachment to the project and his supposedly amicable departure from it.  Wright’s exit was more about creative differences than scheduling conflicts, which is the reason for the latest bout of difficulties besetting the film.  Hit the jump to find out who is on the way out.

Starring Paul RuddMichael DouglasMichael PeñaEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Studios Reveals ANT-MAN Convention Poster with Artwork by Andy Park

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In case you weren’t aware, San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is kicking off its programming tonight with Preview Night, in which lots and lots of marketing appears for various upcoming projects.  One such anticipated picture from Marvel Studios is the Peyton Reed-directed Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as the title hero alongside Michael Douglas.  Both actors are featured in this new poster which shows off some pre-production artwork from Andy Park created exclusively for the convention.  Also on display is a tease of the hero’s size-changing abilities which should prove to be a lot of fun to play with on the big screen.

Also starring Michael PeñaPatrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full Comic-Con poster for Ant-Man in all its glory.  If you missed them, check out Avengers: Age of Ultron posters featuring Iron Man & Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow and Captain America.

BABY DRIVER Will Be the Next Edgar Wright Film

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Every cloud has a silver lining.  When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man back in May, a lot of people were understandably disappointed (Wright himself probably chief among them).  But here’s the thing, what that really means is that we’re getting more movies that are his vision top-to-bottom.  More “Edgar Wright Movies.”  For eight years it looked like Ant-Man could actually fit in that category, but forces at either Marvel or Disney began to push back.  Personally, I’m glad Wright didn’t waste another 18 months working on something that might have felt diluted by executive notes.

Wright fans now find themselves in a happy scenario where they’re getting a new movie from him sooner rather than later.  It’s called Baby Driver.  You may even remember this title being bandied about 6 years ago when he signed a two picture deal with Working Title Films following Hot Fuzz (the first film under that deal ended up being The World’s End).  Back then the film was described as “a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S.” And now it’s apparently happening.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

Corey Stoll Confirms Edgar Wright Cast Him in ANT-MAN; Talks Reading Both Versions of the Script

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Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the script for new director Peyton Reed‘s iteration of the project, Stoll said he thinks it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before, and that it will be a completely different experience.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright’s Departure From ANT-MAN; Teases the Tone of DOCTOR STRANGE

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It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.  Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020.  Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future.  The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting.  For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish.  When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.

Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish).  While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.”  Which can always lead to problems.  Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks ANT-MAN Troubles and Hiring Peyton Reed to Direct; Reveals Reed Previously Met for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Much has been written about Marvel Studios’ recent struggles with Ant-Man, and while the intricacies regarding director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s departure may not be made entirely clear for some time, we do know this: fans were excited for an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, and we will not be getting an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie.  As every minute detail of the subsequent replacement director search was reported on, the studio even appeared to be foundering in finding a new filmmaker to take the reins of a movie that’s set for release next summer.  Finally, Marvel settled on Bring It On and Down with Love director Peyton Reed to bring Ant-Man to fruition, and the studio has an uphill battle in winning back the fans that were so enthused to see Wright’s take.

The studio itself has been very quiet with regards to Ant-Man recently, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has now spoken at length about why they chose to hire Reed and touched on Wright leaving the project.  Moreover, Feige revealed that Reed had previously met with the studio about directing a different Marvel project entirely.  Hit the jump to read on.

What Will We See at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel This Year?

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The madness of San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and that means it’s speculation time.  Marvel is always a highlight of the event, and this morning the studio “announced” that its Hall H panel is set for Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm.  I say “announced” because the official description of the panel is as follows: “Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige and special guests will provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  That’s incredibly vague, but not altogether surprising given that Marvel loves to keep things under wraps.

However, even though no official Comic-Con announcements have been made, we actually have a pretty good idea of what the panel will entail.  Much more after the jump.

Michael Douglas is Coming to Comic-Con; Disappointed Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN

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With San Diego Comic-Con just about two weeks away, schedule updates are dropping all over the place, however, there’s no official word from Marvel just yet.  We know Mark Ruffalo is attending with the rest of the gang from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it looks as though that won’t be the only upcoming release participating in the Marvel panel.

While talking to Michael Douglas about his new film, And So It Goes, during a roundtable interview, he revealed his own plans to head out to San Diego.  Hit the jump for more on that as well as Douglas’ thoughts on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man exit.

ANT-MAN Gets 2 New Writers for Last-Minute Production Polish

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It all began with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, but quite a few names have been thrown into the Ant-Man mix since.  It’s been reported that Eric Pearson, the Marvel One Shot scribe, is the man responsible for delivering a draft that wound up increasing the divide between Wright and Marvel, Wright dropped out, Peyton Reed stepped in and Adam McKay signed on to rewrite the script for him.

With so many big changes happening so quickly, and so close to the start of principal photography at that, you’d think that would be it, but Marvel’s not ready to forge forward with the project just yet.  The script still needs work and the studio has recruited Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer to do it.  Hit the jump for more.

Kevin Feige Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Franchise Potential, Adam McKay’s Work on the ANT-MAN Script, and the Status of DOCTOR STRANGE

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As President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige gets to enjoy the accolades associated with their successful films, while suffering the slings and arrows of sub-par performances or crowd-displeasing decisions.  Nowadays, Feige can field questions on both sides of that line in the same interview.  That’s exactly what he did at Barcelona’s CineEurope event, in which he talked about the potential for a Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, the decision to bring Adam McKay onboard to rewrite Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man script, and the current status of Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

ANT-MAN Rumors: Origin Story, Character Costume, and Film’s Villain Possibly Revealed

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It will always be tough to get excited about Ant-Man again.  I don’t necessarily mind Peyton Reed directing and Adam McKay contributing to the script.  I think they’re both talented.  In some ways, Reed and McKay are an exciting team-up, and if they were working together on any other movie, it would probably pique my interest.  But the specter of Edgar Wright‘s vision will always leave a “What if?” over the entire production.  However, we have to live in the now, and now we’re wondering what Ant-Man will be.

Hit the jump for Ant-Man rumors about the hero’s origin, his costume, and the film’s villain.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  [Minor Spoilers Ahead]

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