When you want to know what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you talk to Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige. Luckily, I got to sit down with Feige when a small group of journalists visited the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Feige told us everything that’s going to happen in Phase Two, Phase Three, and beyond (yeah right). He did, in actuality, tell us how the film came about, and how its events will have big ramifications for the MCU at large.
While on set, Feige commented on hiring directors Joe and Anthony Russo, choosing to go with the style of a 70s conspiracy thriller, introducing the Winter Soldier,
Hit the jump for the interview.
Disney has released a new featurette and TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and about half of it is comprised of new footage. In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The movie continues to look good, the buzz is strong (so strong that they’re bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 3), and April 4th can’t get here soon enough.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Filming began on Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week in Johannesburg, South Africa on a sequence that will take place during the first 10 minutes of the film, but Marvel has announced yet another international shooting location for the superhero follow-up. Per THR, The Avengers 2 will be filming “key elements” in Seoul, South Korea, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noting that the country is the perfect fit for the film because it “features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes, and spectacular architecture.” It’s unknown how long the production will be filming in Seoul, but the bulk of shooting will take place at Shepperton Studios in London, with the U.S. and Italy also serving as other filming locations.
Joss Whedon wrote the script and has returned as director for the pic, and the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.
Thor: The Dark World will soon be on Blu-ray, and so Marvel is releasing a peek at some of the special features. Among them is a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki (it contains the full video of his audition for Thor; we previously posted GIFs), a gag reel (they had fun!), and a deleted scene where Freya (Rene Russo) explains why Loki, an adopted child, has her powers. It’s solid material, and I hope there’s more of this good stuff on the disc.
Hit the jump to check out the special features. Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th. Click here to pre-order.
Marvel is taking a big gamble on a largely unknown property with a weird premise and strange set of characters with this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but they also have a less widely known property on tap for 2015 by way of the incredibly promising Ant-Man. We learned last month that Paul Rudd will lead writer/director Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, but the question that lingered on everyone’s mind was which Ant-Man Rudd would be playing. In the comics there have been a few people that have donned the Ant-Man suit, most notably creator Hank Pym and then later a thief named Scott Lang.
When Wright recently teased Scott Lang with an image posted on Twitter, we were directed to an old interview with the filmmaker in which he talked about using both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in his Ant-Man film. Well that’s exactly what he’s going to do, as Marvel has just announced that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym in the feature. Hit the jump for more.
It’s officially official: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. After news broke last night that Rudd was in talks to lead Marvel’s Ant-Man, the studio confirmed today that the actor has been set to star in the title role for director Edgar Wright. Moreover, the press release notes that Rudd is the actor “that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man.” Marvel has been developing Ant-Man with Wright for some time, first announcing the project at Comic-Con alongside Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man film, so it’s nice to hear that Wright and Co. have landed the actor that they first landed upon years ago. Ant-Man kicks off what’s sure to be a string of Marvel appearances for Rudd, who will very likely be joining his cinematic companions in The Avengers 3.
Wright co-wrote Ant-Man with Joe Cornish and the film will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Wright’s longtime producing partner Nira Park. Filming is set to begin next year in anticipation of a July 31, 2015 release date. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding Rudd’s casting, which includes a quote from Feige.
Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.
Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Kevin Feige (Marvel’s President of Production), he talked about how funny the sequel is, deleted scenes and how many will be on the Blu-ray, his reaction to the latest draft of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if they’ve started filming the next Marvel one-shot, when his contract ends, when we can expect an Ant-Man casting announcement, if we’re any closer to finding out which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma‘s 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn’t in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie’s prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce’s direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie that proves Stephen King‘s tale is just as relevant and effective today as it was nearly four decades ago.
With my paragraph review of Carrie in the bag, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Adam’s Divergent set visit, Steve’s Thor: The Dark World video interviews with Chris Hemsworth and more, two new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Evan’s look at superhero movie casting decisions that nearly came to fruition. Much like in the past, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
Marvel has already locked Phase Two, but other than Ant-Man, Phase Three is wide open. Furthermore, the powerhouse studio now has two major characters back in their stable. Daredevil and The Punisher both reverted back to Marvel when the rights lapsed at Fox and Lionsgate, respectively. Obviously, if Marvel gives the characters new movies, they’ll be reboots, but in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says they’re still figuring out how to proceed with these valuable properties.
Hit the jump for what Feige had to say, and click here for what he had to say to Steve at the press junket for Thor: The Dark World.
While everyone talks about Marvel’s contracts with their actors, you rarely hear about contracts with their key executives. The fact is one of the reasons Marvel movies have been so successful is their leadership under Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Since the first Iron Man movie, Feige has taken the studio from nothing to being one of the biggest brands on the planet. It’s an incredible accomplishment and one that led Disney to purchase the company for four billion dollars.
About five months ago, I decided to ask Feige when his contract with Marvel ends. At the time, he said he’d definitely be with Marvel through Phase Two, which ends with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since it’s been awhile, when I sat down with him earlier today in London for a Thor: The Dark World interview, I asked the same question. Thankfully, it sounds like he’s made a new deal with Marvel, because he said, “I think it’ll be awhile. At least through the next phase or so.” As a big fan of what Feige has done and Marvel movies, it’s very cool to know he’ll be with them for the foreseeable future. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say and look for more with Feige very soon.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Production is currently underway in London on director James Gunn’s Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, and all signs point to this one being quite the standout in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gunn has assembled a cast that is as eclectic as it is surprising, with Chris Pratt leading an ensemble that includes Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, and Lee Pace. We learned yesterday that Bradley Cooper is in early talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel may or may not be portraying the talking tree Groot.
The footage we saw at Comic-Con promised a subversive and very funny Guardians film, and now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has offered up some tantalizing details about the pic, including the identity of the film’s main villain, the role of Thanos in the pic, and when the film takes place in relation to the other Phase Two movies. Hit the jump to read on.
A new featurette for director Alan Taylor’s Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World has landed online. New footage is gleaned as we see the cast and crew discuss the follow-up, with Taylor noting that The Dark World will spend plenty of time exploring the Nine Realms as Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is taken “to Asgard and beyond.” We also see Tom Hiddleston talking extensively about what to expect from the new Thor adventure.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, which will appear on the Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3 this fall. Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters on November 8th.
When Iron Man 3 was presented at Comic-Con in the summer of 2012, it was Marvel’s first time appearing at the convention since the massive success of The Avengers. The studio’s panel was kicked off by showing a video that highlighted Marvel’s previous appearances at the Con, going all the way back to the first Iron Man. It acted as a nice reminder that The Avengers wasn’t some movie put together on a whim, but something that had been in the works for years and years. To see it finally come to fruition was to see Marvel make good on its promise, and now fans are eager to see what the studio has up its sleeve in the years to come.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently commented on the studio’s future plans, and while he didn’t get into specifics, he noted that they essentially have all of their movies planned out through the year 2021. Obviously a lot can change in the meantime, but Feige was quick to remind that the studio’s plans for 2015 were hatched all the way back in 2006. Hit the jump to read on.