Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Josh Brolin (Thanos) and the Infinity Gauntlet, a Female THOR Movie, DOCTOR STRANGE, and More

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Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel in Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of the cast in the press room.  While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast.   You can watch my Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans interviews by clicking the links.

In addition to the cast of Avengers, I also got a few minutes with Marvel’s Kevin Fiege.  He talked about the great Joss Whedon dialogue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the possibility of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, how much Josh Brolin wearing the Infinity Gauntlet on stage indicates where things are going in the Marvel universe, the likelihood of making Thor a female down the road, the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix might play Doctor Strange, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Return for IRON MAN 4

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I’ve never really expected an Iron Man 4, however naive that may seem.  I really, really liked Iron Man 3.  So far, having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I had always sort of taken the hint that it was the final Iron Man installment for Robert Downey Jr.  It wrapped up his version of Tony Stark’s arc in a way that felt complete to me.  Also, anyone who’s paying attention knows that, exempting his appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he might be getting too expensive for Marvel.  Blockbuster dealmaking is a complicated game and once an actor is branded with a successful role it gets extremely expensive to keep them onboard after their initial contract expires.

But Robert Downey Jr. isn’t wiping his hands of a potential Iron Man 4 just yet.  Despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s prognostication that a 4th film isn’t in the cards (and Downey himself seeming noncommittal over a year ago), there still might be another go-around for Marvel and the original Tony Stark.  Hit the jump for more on the potential for Robert Downey Jr. returning to Iron Man 4.

Marvel Announces May 3rd, 2018 Movie; Could This Be AVENGERS 3?

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Last week Marvel announced 5 Untitled Movies with release dates stretching all the way up until May of 2019.  At the time, I guessed that the one bearing the date of May 3rd, 2019 would be Avengers 3 since that franchise’s signature early May release date was missing from the 2018 slate and 2017 seemed just a bit too soon to get everyone together again.

I’m doing away with that theory at this point because Marvel just announced yet another film for May 4th, 2018.  That first week of May is Avengers territory and 2018 is one whole year sooner that the studio gets to trot out their most valuable IP.  It makes sense that they want as few gaps between these things as possible.  So now I’m going to guess that  Avengers 3 hits on May 4th, 2018.  Hit the jump for more on this potential Avengers 3 release date.

Kevin Feige Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THOR 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Casting Josh Brolin as Thanos, Comic-Con Plans, and More

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With director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy opening August 1st, over the weekend, Marvel and Disney held a huge press junket here in Los Angeles.  While I’ll be posting my video interviews with the cast next week, I wanted to share my exclusive interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige today.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Guardians of the Galaxy, how much of the film was planned before James Gunn signed on, the great soundtrack, deleted scenes, whether we could see an extended cut in theaters before the Blu-ray release, and more.

In addition, we also talked about casting Josh Brolin as Thanos and if he signed a multi-picture deal, why they didn’t show the post-credits scene at the press screenings, the untitled Marvel movies being released through 2019, the studio’s Comic-Con plans, the fact that Marvel knows who will be playing Doctor Strange but the contract isn’t signed yet (if the person does sign by Comic-Con he’ll be announced on Saturday), the status of Thor 3 and Captain America 3, the chances Robert Downey Jr. returning for Iron Man 4, and more.  Hit the jump for the interview and click here to read some going tweets about Guardians of the Galaxy.

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 Studios President Kevin Feige Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Avengers Tower, Iron Man vs. Hulk, and More

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Yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked a bit about Ant-Man and hiring Peyton Reed to direct.  Today, after screening two minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige spoke with IGN about the highly-anticipated film.  The reel included director Joss Whedon talking about Avengers Tower, and there was also some pre-viz of Iron Man fighting Hulk.  Feige elaborated on both of these aspects.

Hit the jump for more, and click here to get a first official look at Ultron and learn new plot details.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James SpaderAvengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.

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.

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.

Confirmed: Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN over Script Changes; Marvel Looking to Fill Key Crew Positions

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I won’t add to the outcries about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man beyond saying it sucks, it’s bad for Marvel, and bad for fans (I said a lot more about it on this week’s The Collision podcast).  It was rumored that Wright’s seemingly abrupt exit was due to significant rewrites from Marvel’s in-house writers, and the new script completely undid the story Wright and co-screenwriter Joe Cornish wanted to tell.  THR confirms this report saying, “new rewrites took place without Wright’s input, and when he received Marvel’s new version early during the week of May 19, he walked.”  Additionally, THR reports that some insiders feel the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy may have already gone too far, and Wright’s vision “might have been too quirky the Marvel universe.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Q&A Highlights: James Gunn’s Influences, the Soundtrack, the Sequel, AVENGERS Crossovers, and More

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These past few days have been like Christmas for Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as Marvel kicked its marketing campaign for the offbeat superhero pic into high gear with on-set interviews, new images, a new poster, and finally a new trailer.  Just before the trailer was released, though, director James Gunn, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and castmembers Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista took part in a Q&A with fans on Facebook.  Unsurprisingly they didn’t let slip anything too revealing, but they did offer some tantalizing hints and dropped a few interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets.

After the jump, we’ve compiled the highlights from the Q&A, including Gunn’s thoughts on directing the sequel and which characters he’d like to use, Easter eggs connecting to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the biggest influences on the film, the soundtrack, and Diesel’s thoughts on the “thousands” of different ways to say “I am Groot.”  Read on after the jump.

First Poster and Synopsis for New ABC Series MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER

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In addition to renewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC recently added another Marvel TV series to its 2014-15 season by way of Marvel’s Agent Carter, and now the first poster and synopsis for the show have arrived online.  We previously learned quite a bit about the plan for Agent Carter when we interviewed executive producers/screenwriters Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely, and this official synopsis confirms much of what they told us.  Set in 1946, the show follows Captain America’s Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she finds herself marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from WWII.  We discovered in the Marvel One-Shot short film Agent Carter that the character will eventually go on to found S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), but this initial season of the Agent Carter TV show will take place before that event.

Markus and McFeely told us that they envision a 10 or 13-episode first season, but an official number hasn’t yet been confirmed.  Hit the jump to check out the Agent Carter poster and synopsis.

Kevin Feige Says Edgar Wright’s Plan for ANT-MAN Impacted How Marvel Approached the MCU; Confirms an Actor Has Been Cast as Thanos

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Earlier today, we shared a few nuggets of information about Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron from writer/director Joss Whedon, but now it’s time to hear from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  He’s been the mastermind behind the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning, and way back when Jon Favreau was gearing up to begin production on the first Iron Man, Feige already had Edgar Wright working on a feature film adaptation of Ant-Man.  Wright’s a busy guy so it’s taken some time for the movie to come together, but he finally has his cast set and is gearing up to begin production in just a few months ahead of Ant-Man’s July 2015 release date.

During a recent interview, Feige talked a bit about Wright’s Ant-Man, confirming that the story they locked into place for the film all those years ago has impacted how Marvel approached its cinematic universe (specifically the lineup for The Avengers), knowing how Ant-Man would later come into play.  Moreover, he again teased the appearance of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Read on after the jump.

First GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TV Spot Goes Behind the Scenes with Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot is now online!  When you own the network that airs a show that provides interconnecting tissue to your cinematic universe, you can get away with doing more than showing off a thirty-second teaser.  Enter Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which debuted a brief teaser during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night.  The quick TV spot at that space-based property gave us a nice behind-the-scenes look at the film, along with commentary from Kevin Feige, and stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper.

You’ll have to wait until August 1st to view the movie in full, but for now, hit the jump to watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot.

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